Tuesday, June 4, 2013

5 Little Known Indians With Amazing Tech Inventions

India was been a land of many inventions in the past. The number ‘0’, chess, first in medicine (Ayurvedha), first surgery (Sushruta), first to discover and make diamond ornaments, first to extract zinc and a lot many ‘firsts’. However for some reason, lately, Indians are growing more to be a service class population than an innovative one, and so there are not many big inventions to the name of India. And even if there are some real inventions achieved, they do not make it to main stream media, hence stick to their oblivion. Here is a small attempt to highlight some of the little known Indian inventors with amazing inventions.

#5 Ajay Bhatt

Invention: USB

Ajay V. Bhatt is an Indian-American computer architect who helped define and develop several widely used technologies, including USB (Universal Serial Bus), AGP (Accelerated Graphics Port), PCI Express, Platform Power management architecture and various chipset improvements.

Ajay Bhatt rose to global celebrity as the co-inventor of USB through an Intel 2009 TV advertisement, where he was portrayed by actor Sunil Narkar.

A few days back, The European Union honored him for leading a team at the US tech-giant Intel that developed the Universal Serial Bus (USB) technology, one of the most important advances in computing since the silicon chip.

The European Patent Office announced the winners of the European Inventor Award 2013, which honors outstanding inventors for their contribution to social, economic and technological progress. An industry standard today, USB not only allows users to more easily connect devices to a computer, it also streamlines work for hardware and software developers. It is found in billions of electronic devices all over the world, from webcams to cell phones and memory sticks

After completing his graduation in Vadodara, India, Bhatt completed his master's degree in New York. Bhatt joined Intel in 1990. He currently holds 31 US patents.

Comment by Anumakonda Jagadeesh

Congratulations Great Inventors from India.

G. D. Naidu (Gopalaswamy Doraiswamy Naidu) (23 March 1893 – 4 January 1974) was an Indian inventor and engineer who is also referred to as the Edison of India. He is credited with the manufacture of the first electric motor in India. His contributions were primarily industrial but also span the fields of electrical, mechanical, agricultural (Hybrid cultivation) and automobile engineering. He had only primary education but excelled as a versatile genius. Among his hobbies was train travel to nearby cities.


G.D. Naidu developed India's first indigenous motor in 1937 along with D. Balasundaram. It was the motor's success that resulted in the founding of Textool by Balasundaram and, later on, Lakshmi Machine Works (LMW).

Naidu's 'Rasant' razor incorporated a small motor operated by dry cells, was made at a factory in the German town called Heilbronn. Among his other inventions were super-thin shaving blades, a distance adjuster for film cameras, a fruit juice extractor, a tamper-proof vote-recording machine and a kerosene-run fan. In 1941, he announced that he had the ability to manufacture five-valve Radio sets in India at a mere Rs 70/- a set. In 1952, the two-seater petrol engine car (costing a mere Rs 2,000/-) rolled out. But production was stopped subsequently, because of the Government's refusal to grant the necessary license. His inventiveness was not confined to machinery alone. He researched and identified new varieties in Cotton, Maize and Papaya. His farm was visited by Sir C. V. Raman and Visvesvaraya. From laying foundation to completion he has built house in just 8 hours.

India's first Polytechnic college was build in Coimbatore by GD Naidu in the name of Hope College and later the college moved to another place now it is called as Government College of Technology, the college was name after the then Madras governor Arthur Hope. In 1945, GD Naidu was the principal for the college when it is started he was not satisfied with 4 years course because he said it is waste of time for students. And suggested that one year was enough to teach the same courses to students, but British government didn't accept his idea and thus G.D. Naidu resigned his post .The name Hope College for a place remains same in Coimbatore even now.
He died on 4 January 1974. Sir C V Raman said of Naidu: "A great educator, an entrepreneur in many fields of engineering and industry, a warm-hearted man filled with love for his fellows and a desire to help them in their troubles, Mr Naidu is truly a man in a million - perhaps this is an understatement!"

An Industrial Exhibition is held in Coimbatore, in his name. He started the first Engineering college at Coimbatore (now known as Government College of Technology). He provided employment in the engineering and manufacturing sectors to many individuals in the 1950s and 1960s.
G. D. Matriculation Higher Secondary School in Coimbatore is named after him. It is managed by his daughter-in-law Mrs. Chandra Gopal. His grandson Mr. G.D. Rajkumar now runs the Geedee industries. There is also a driving school by his name, in Coimbatore.

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