India, 1960. Sir Mokshagundam Visvesvaraya, KCIE, popularly known as Sir. MV; [1860-1962] was a notable Indian engineer, scholar, statesman and the Diwan of Mysore from 1912 - 18. He was a recipient of the Indian Republic's highest honour, the Bharat Ratna, in 1955. He was also knighted as a Knight Commander of the British Indian Empire (KCIE) by King George V for his contributions to the public good.