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Bhagavatula Dattaguru
Professor B. Dattaguru
EducationB.Sc degree
Alma materAndhra University
Indian Institute of Science
Occupation(s)Engineer and academic

Professor Bhagavatula Dattaguru (born in 1942) is an Indian engineer and academic. He has received several awards, including the Padma Shri Award, India's fourth highest civilian honour in 2005 in the field of science and engineering.[1]


Dattaguru had his school education at different board schools in the district where his father, Raghavendra Sastry, worked as a teacher and a headmaster. He has a long association with Andhra Loyola College (ALC), where he did his Intermediate (old scheme) and B.Sc degree (Physics main) during 1955-57 and 1957-59 respectively. In his degree, he stood first and secured gold medal from Andhra University, to which Loyola College was then affiliated.

A great lover of science, Dattaguru moved to Bangalore for higher studies and joined the Indian Institute of Science (IISc). He went on to complete BE in electrical engineering during 1959-62 and ME in aerospace technology during 1962–64.

Career as professor

Dr. Dattaguru continued his association with the IISc by joining its faculty in the aerospace engineering department in 1964. After receiving his PhD in 1973, he worked there as an assistant professor, associate professor and a professor, before retiring as chairman of the aerospace engineering department in June, 2004.

During his time at the IISc, Dr. Dattaguru worked with the space technology researchers, including the president, A.P.J. Abdul Kalam, Kota Harinarayana, Kasturi Rangan and R. Chidambaram. As a faculty, Dr. Dattaguru guided a number of research scholars. He visited the US, Australia, Hong Kong and several other countries as visiting professor. Dr. Dattaguru became an emeritus professor of the IISc after his retirement and now he is a visiting professor at Jain university, Bangalore.

Positions held

Awards and honours


  1. ^ "Padma Awards" (PDF). Ministry of Home Affairs, Government of India. 2015. Archived from the original (PDF) on 15 October 2015. Retrieved 21 July 2015.