Poet and writer, educator and encyclopedist (b. 1889, İstanbul - d. 29 October 1949, Ankara). After attending Vefa and Trabzon High Schools, he graduated from İstanbul School of Law (1910). After studying pedegogy and psychology in Switzerland (1913-1916) where he was sent by Ministry of National Education, he served as teacher for ten years in İstanbul Advanced Teacher Training School and member of Board of Education of Ministry of National Education and inspector (1939). He entered politics and became the deputy of Sivas in 1927, of Sinop 1932 and İstanbul (1939). After 1946, he served as the general secretary of Türk Ansiklopedisi (Turkish Encyclopedia), member of the Institute of Agricultural Equipment and Agriculture Bank Direction Council.
His first poems in metrics were published in the review Serveti Fünûn. He was seen in National Literature Movement with his poems in verse published in Yeni Mecmua (1917-18). Gövsa, who wrote an elegy named Tavaf (Circumambulation) about the death of Atatürk, was interested in studies of history of literature in his recent days and published less poems in metrics. In addition, he wrote articles on various issues in the review 7 Gün, humorous articles in different reviews and anectodes in the newspaper Hürriyet. He was burried in Ankara, Cebeci Graveyard.
POETRY: Çocuk Şiirleri (Poems for Children, 1911), Güftügû (Gossip, 1912), Çanakkale İzleri (Traces of Dardanelles, 1932), Acılar (Pains, 1941), Söz Oyunları (Word Games, 1942).
OTHER WORKS: Çocuklarda Zekâ Ölçüleri (Intelligence Tests in Children, 1921), İlk Gençlik Hakkında Ruhiyat ve Terbiye Tedkikleri (Examination on the Emotional State and Education about First Youth, 1921), Bedii Terbiye Tedkikleri (Examination on Physical Education, 1921), Bedii Terbiye (Physical Education, 1925), Şen Yazılar (Merry Articles, humor articles with the pen name Kıvılcım, 1926), Çocuk Ruhu (Soul of Children, 1926; under the title Çocuk Psikolojisi (Children Psyhocology) in 1998 and other years), Ruhiyat ve Terbiye (Emotional State and Education, 1929), Nazif'ten Hamid'e Ahiretten Mektuplar (From Nazif to Hamid, Letters from the Other World, 1932), Süleyman Nazif (Sülemyan Nazif, 1933), Meşhur Adamlar Ansiklopedisi (Encyclopedia of Famous Men, 4 Volumes, 1933-38), Kâşifler ve Mucitler (Discoverers and Inventors, 1939), Söz Oyunları (Word Games, 1942), Türk Meşhurları Ansiklopedisi (Encyclopedia of Famous Turks, 1945), Resimli Yeni Lûgat ve Ansiklopedi (New Dictionary and Encyclopedia with illustrations 5 Volumes, 1947-1957), Çocukta Zihinsel Gelişme (Mental Development in Child, 1998), Zehirli Suikastler Tarihi (History of Poisonous Assassinates, 2000).