Google celebrated 100th birth anniversary of Dr. Govindappa Venkataswamy's with a doodle. The ophthalmologist was the founder and former chairman of Aravind Eye Hospitals, and dedicated his life to eliminating needless blindness.
In a blog post, Google said, "Dr. V could perform 100 surgeries in a day. Addressing the problem of blindness in a holistic fashion, he set up eye camps in rural communities, a rehab center for blind people, and a training program for ophthalmic assistants, personally performing over 100,000 successful eye surgeries."
Born on October 1, 1918, Govindappa Venkataswamy - popularly called Dr. V - is known for developing a high quality, high volume, low-cost service delivery model that has restored sight to millions of people.
Growing up in Tamil Nadu's Vadamalapuram, Dr. V write on sand collected from the riverbank due to lack of pencils and paper. He went on to study Chemistry at the American College in Madurai. In 1944, he earned his M.D. degree from Stanley Medical College.
He was crippled by rheumatoid arthritis at the age of 30, following which he had to leave the Indian Army Medical Corps.
He then returned to medical school and earned a degree in ophthalmology and dedicated his whole life to patients thereafter.
He passesd away on July 7, 2006, at the age of 87.
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