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  Dr. Sarvapalli Radhakrishnan  

Dr. Sarvapalli Radhakrishnan was a versatile genius who, on one hand was a great philosopher and a literateur, while on the other hand he was an excellent orator, statesman and an able administrator. Born on 5th Sept 1888 , he was educated at Lutheran Mission School, Tirupati in between 1896 and1900.

 
 

In1900 he moved  to Vellore College where he studied until 1904. In between 1904 and 1908, he completed his B.A. with honors in Philosophy from Madras Christian College. In the meantime, he had studied Sanskrit, Hindi and ancient works such as the Vedas and Upanishads. He joined Provincial Education Service as an assistant professor of Philosophy in the same College from where he did his graduation

 
 

In between 1918 and 1921, he held the post of Professor of Philosophy in Mysore University. Radhakrishnan's books and articles, drew the attention of Ashutosh Mookerjee, Vice Chancellor of Calcutta University. He nominated Radhakrishnan to the prestigious George V Professor of Philosophy at the Calcutta University, 1921. He was appointed for two terms for the post, between 1921 and 1931 and between 1937 and 1944. He was appointed Vice Chancellor of Andhra University in 1931.In the same year he was knighted. In between 1932 and 1950, he held the prestigious post of Spalding Professor of Eastern Religion and Ethics. He was the first Indian to be appointed Vice Chancellor of Benaras Hindu University.

 
 
 
He headed the Indian delegation to UNESCO a number of times between 1946 and 1950. He was the Chairman of the University Education Committee and in the Executive Board of UNESCO in 1948. In 1952, he was the president of UNESCO. He was a delegate to PEN Congress in1959 and in 1962 he was made a honours fellow of the British Academy. In May 1962, he represented Calcutta University to the Congress of Philosophy, Harvard University. He held important posts like Ambassador Extraordinary and Minister Plenipotentiary to USSR between 1949 and 1952. He received numerous honorary doctorates from universities worldwide. In June 1963, he was made Honourary Member of the Order of Merit, Buckingham Palace. He became the Vice-President of India in 1952. After serving two terms as Vice-President, Radhakrishnan was elected President of India in 1962.
 

His achievements were innumerable and this great son of India became an important figure in the field of education and politics. His birthday, the 5th of September is celebrated as Teachers' Day through out India. This dynamic man passed away on April 16th, 1975 leaving behind a mourning India.

 
 

He authored many  books, which are considered assets by the readers.
The Ethics Of Vedanta and Its Material Presupposition
The Philosophy Of Rabindranath Tagore
Idealistic Views Of Life
Eastern Religions and Western Thoughts
Kalki or Future Civilization
Indian Philosophy

 
 

Dr. Sarvapalli Radhakrishnan was a monist in philosophy, monotheist in religion, eudemonist or perfectionist in ethics and socialist in politics.

 
 

 
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