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Dinshaw Ghadiali -- Genius of Malaga


















In southern New Jersey, in the town of Malaga, there is a street named Dinshaw Drive. An inquiry as to the origin of the name would reveal the genuine but checkered story of a highly creative Zarathushti gentleman who arrived on these shores in 1911.

The street is named after Dinshaw P. Ghadiali, medical healer, scientist, inventor, author, aviator, and a man of many other avocations. His prowess was well developed even before he arrived in the US. Born in Bombay, in 1873, Dinshaw became an Assistant to the Science Professor at Wilson College, at the age of 11.

Greatly attracted to electricity and  related subjects, he began installing electric lights, and after a spell as an electric engineer on the P&Q Steamship Co, was appointed Electric Engineer of Patiala State.

He first visited the US in 1896 where he met Thomas Edison and other noted scientists. He began to research the healing effect of color and light on the human body. Twenty-three years were to pass before Dinshaw developed a healing system, which he called the Spectro-Chrome. An example in present-day medical practice is the use of blue light in the treatment of premature babies born with jaundice.

After arrival in the US in 1911, Dinshaw became a Professor at the New York College of Engineering and Automobile Instruction. He invented the ‘Dinshaw Automobile Engine Fault-Finder,’ for which he was offered $100,000. He eventually donated the invention to the US government for use on aircraft engines. In 1917, Dinshaw became a naturalized American citizen in Camden, NJ, after he proved that he was of the white race.

At a New York City parade of foreign-born Americans, Dinshaw carried a banner, leading the parade of 75,000 for 11 hours. At the parade, his knowledge of aeronautics became known, and he was appointed Governor of the New York City Police Aviation School and commissioned as a Colonel and Commander of the New York Police Reserve Air Service, which patrolled the harbor in case of attack during the First World War. Dinshaw also flew the first police airmail service, from New York to Philadelphia. Later, Mayor John Hylan awarded him the Liberty Medal for his service to New York City.

In April 1920, after completing his research on light. Dinshaw established a Spectro-Chrome Institute in New York City, and moved it to Malaga in 1924. The next 46 years of his life were spent in practicing and teaching the color healing system. He designed many instruments and accessories for the use of light.

The Spectro-Chrome system, how-ever was misjudged and misunderstood. He was sued many times. In 1931, Dinshaw was charged with grand larceny because Spectro-Chrome could not have any effect on diseases. Dinshaw conducted his own defense and was acquitted.

In 1947, at the initiation of the Food and Drug Administration, Dinshaw was again tried before a Camden court. He was fined $20,000 and was put on probation for five years. His writings on

Spectro-Chrome were ordered to be burned! In 1958, the FDA obtained a permanent injunction against another Institute organized by Dinshaw. However, within the limits of the injunction, Dinshaw continued to promote his concepts of healing by the age of 92, in 1966. Dinshaw married 1902 and had two children who came with him to the US. In 1913, Maneck returned to India and a divorce was granted in 1922. He married Irene Grace Hoger in 1923 and fathered eight more children, the last born in 1947. Three of Dinshaw's sons, Darius, Roshan and Jal have continued to promote his work. Rev. Roshan Dinshaw ministers to prisoners in New Jersey, and his brother Darius used to be the head of the local Vegetarian Society. The Dinshaw Health Society was formed in 1975.

[Sources: Darius Dinshaw, Let There Be Light, 1985; M. L. Taylor, Dinshaw Ghadiali: The Triumph of Sprectro-Chrome, the IN Side, Autumn 1986; Hillsdale's Renaissance Man, Pascack Valley Tales, 1993, and a chance meeting between the author and Roshan Dinshaw who owns an appliance repair shop in Malaga.]

This article appeared in the FEZANA journal of Spring 1997, and was reproduced on vohuman.org on February 11, 2005 courtesy of its author and FEZANA journal.