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Shankar Abaji Bhise Biography

Biography | 6-14 yrs | Interactive, Reading Pod

Who is Shankar Abaji Bhise?

Shankar Abaji Bhise was an Indian inventor, innovator and scientist who was entirely self-trained. He spent his childhood reading the Scientific American Magazines which were his introduction to the field of mechanical engineering. His big break came in the late 1890s when he won a trip to London.

Shankar Abaji Bhise’s famous inventions

It was during the early 1900s he produced his most innovative inventions – varying from kitchen gadgets to an automatically flushing toilet. He did so with the backing of Dadabhai Naoroji; who also had a long commercial career in England. Bhise’s most significant creation involved the printing press.


He created a prototype for the ‘Bhisotype’ – which would have had changed the printing industry. He was never able to bring together funds tomarket the Bhisotype. Despite falling into obscurity, he must be remembered for his innovative spirit, all while also supporting the freedom struggle in India.