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M. Visvesvaraya Biography, Age, Death, Achievements, Family, Facts, Wife, Wiki & More

Updated On : September 15, 2020

Short Biography

M. Visvesvaraya was born on 15-09-1860 in Muddenahalli, Chikkaballapura in the state of Karnataka, India. He was an Indian Engineer, Scholar, Politician & Commander. He served as the 19th Diwan of Mysore from 1912 to 1919.

Other Name: Dr. M. Visvesvaraya, Mokshagundam Visvesvaraya, Sir MV, Sir Mokshagondam Visweswarayya
Other Professions: Scholar Politician Commander

M. Visvesvaraya Complete Bio & Career

One of the most eminent engineers ever produced by India, Sir Mokshagundam Visvesvaraya, better known as M. Visvesvaraya, was a man of high principles and discipline. An engineer par excellence, he was the chief architect behind the construction of the Krishna Raja Sagara dam in Mandya which helped to convert the surrounding barren lands into fertile grounds for farming. An idealistic person, he believed in simple living and high thinking. His father was a Sanskrit scholar who believed in providing quality education to his son. Even though his parents were not financially rich, the young boy was exposed to a richness of culture and tradition at home. Tragedy struck the loving family when his father died when Visvesvaraya was just a teenager. After the death of his beloved father, he struggled hard to get ahead in life. As a student he was poverty stricken, and earned his livelihood by tutoring smaller kids. Through his hard work and dedication he eventually became an engineer and went on to play a pivotal role in designing the flood protection system in Hyderabad. He was decorated with numerous awards and honors for his relentless contributions to the country.
He is best remembered for the instrumental role he played in the construction of the Krishna Raja Sagara Lake and dam in 1924. This dam not only became the main source of water for irrigation for the nearby areas, but was also the main source of drinking water for several cities. He was knighted as the Commander of the Order of the Indian Empire (KCIE) by the British for his contributions to the society in 1915. On 15-09-2018, to celebrate his 157th birthday anniversary Visvesvaraya was honored with a Google Doodle. He was also awarded Bharat Ratna in the year 1955.

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Honours & Awards

Bharat Ratna Civilian Award 1955 Science and Engineering

Health Issues, Illness and Death Info

M. Visvesvaraya died on 12-04-1962 in Bengaluru, Karnataka, India at the age of 101.

DEATHDAY 12 April,1962 (Thursday)
DEATH PLACE Bengaluru, Karnataka

M. Visvesvaraya Family, Relatives and Other Relations

He was born to a Sanskrit scholar father Mokshagundam Srinivasa Shastry and homemaker mother Venkatalakshmamma. His father died when he was 12 years old.

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Skin Colour Wheatish
Eye Colour Black
Hair Colour Salt & Pepper

Personal Info

Home Town Muddenahalli, Chikkaballapura
Nationality Indian
Religion Hindu
Address Bangalore, Karnataka, India
School N/A
College COEP (College of Engineering Pune), Pune
Qualification Graduate
Hobbies Reading Books
Marital Status Unmarried
Salary N/A
Net Worth N/A
Official Website N/A


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Shocking / Interesting Facts & Secrets About M. Visvesvaraya

  • After his graduation in 1884, he found a job with the Public Works Department (PWD) of Mumbai and joined as an Assistant Engineer.
  • He designed and carried out the waterworks for the Municipality of Sukkur in 1895. He is credited with the development of the Block System which would prevent the wasteful flow of water in dams.
  • The Visakhapatnam port was in danger of being eroded from the sea. Visvesvaraya with his high intelligence and capabilities came up with a good solution to solve this issue.
  • He was appointed as the Chief Engineer of Mysore State in 1909 and as the Diwan of the princely state of Mysore in 1912, a position he held for seven years.
  • He was awarded India's highest civilian honour Bharat Ratna in the year 1955.

M. Visvesvaraya Age, Birthday Facts and Birthday Countdown

M. Visvesvaraya was 101 years 6 months & 27 days old age.