Prof. K. Chidananda Gowda

About Me:

  • Name:

    Prof. K. Chidananda Gowda

  • Category:

    Science and Technology

  • Award:

    Karnataka Sahitya Award (1986) for his poem, “Putanigala Vignyana Padyagalu”, M. Visveswaraya Technical Award(1995),the Rajyotsava award(2019).

  • Area:

    Distinguished Professor of Computer Science.Many also refer to him as the father of Symbolic Data Analysis in the English speaking world.


Education: Prof. K Chidananda Gowda earned his Bachelor of Engineering in 1964 from University Visveswaraya College of Engineering, Bangalore. Followed by his Master of Engineering in 1969 from M.S.University of Baroda, Baroda. He then received his Ph.D. in 1979 from Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore.His Post-Doctoral Research has been two years with NASA, New York, USA 1981-1983 and 1 year with INRIA, Paris, FRANCE 1989-1990.

Biography: Prof. K Chidananda Gowda was born in the village of Chokkady, near Sullia on 15 June 1942.He is also an Indian academician who served as the Vice-Chancellor of the Kuvempu University, which is located in the state of Karnataka, India. He is also the son-in-law of the Kannada Poet, Kuvempu, after whom the Kuvempu University is named. He has published many papers, mainly in the field of pattern recognition.

He is currently a Distinguished Professor of Computer Science at the International School of Information Management, University of Mysore, Mysore. Many also refer to him as the father of Symbolic Data Analysis in the English speaking world.

Prof. Chidananda Gowda joined the Sri Jayachamarajendra College of Engineering in Mysore as a Professor in the Computer science department and later went on to head the department. 

He also served as the Vice Principal of the College for about 5 years and later as the Principal for about 1.5 years. 

He was appointed as the Vice-Chancellor of the Kuvempu University of 18 January 2002, a post which he held till 19 January 2006.

He has also authored books in Kannada and English. Some of his Kannada books include Engineering Geetegalu (Engineering Songs - 1980), Putaanigala Vignyana Padyagalu (Poems on Science for kids - 1984) and Samparka Madhyamagalu (Communication media - 1999).