Visvesvaraya was born on September 15, 1860 in Muddenahali village, 40 miles away from Bangalore. He earned Bachelor of Arts from Central College in Bangalore and later started civil engineering at the prestigious college in Pune. Upon graduating as an engineer, he took up a job with the Public Works Department of Mumbai and later became a member of the Indian Irrigation Commission. His first significant work was a patented system of automatic weir water floodgates, that were installed in 1903.
Visvesvaraya became prominent engineer after designing a flood protection system for the city of Hyderabad. He was a key figure in development of a system protecting Visakhapatnam port from sea erosion.
Visvesvaraya was awarded the Order of the Indian Empire and Bharat Ratna for his achievements in dam and irrigation system engineering. He also obtained several doctoral degrees from eight universities in India and became a member of London Institution of Civil Engineers.
Sir Mokshagundam Visvesvaraya is known for his contributions to many fields, but the major achievements were done in the field of engineering. It's not surprising, that Engineer's Day is celebrated in India on his birthday anniversary.Remind me with Google Calendar
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