H V R Iyengar (Haravu Venkatanarasimha Varadaraja Iyengar) CIE, ICS (1902 – 22 February 1978[1][2]) was the sixth Governor of the Reserve Bank of India from 1 March 1957 to 28 February 1962.[3]

He was a member of the Indian Civil Service, entering on 20 October 1926.[4] He was appointed a Companion of the Order of the Indian Empire (CIE) in the 1941 New Year Honours.[5] He served as the Chairman of State Bank of India, before his appointment as the Governor of the Reserve Bank.

During Iyengar's tenure the Indian coinage system shifted from the earlier pies, paise, and anna system to decimal coinage. He received the Padma Vibhushan, India`s second highest civilian honour from the Government of India in 1962.[6] In 2002 on his birth centenary an illustrated book Snapshots of History— Through The Writings of H V R Iyengar consisting of articles written by Iyengar after his retirement in 1962, was compiled and edited by his daughter Indira and son-in-law Bipin Patel.[1][7]


  1. ^ a b Glimpses of the past Frontline Issue dated 07 - 20 June 2003
  2. ^ Dr. H V R Iyengar vs Mrs.Indira Bipin Patel on 21 September 2010 India Kanoon Retrieved 28 August 2013
  3. ^ "List of Governors". Reserve Bank of India. Retrieved 2006-12-08. 
  4. ^ "No. 33218". The London Gazette. 5 November 1926. p. 7137. 
  5. ^ "No. 35029". The London Gazette (Supplement). 31 December 1940. p. 7. 
  6. ^ Padma Vibhushan awardees GOI Archives
  7. ^ The Making Of History Of Our Times Financial Express 3 August 2003