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Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan Biography, Height, Weight, Age, Career & Achievements

Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan Biography, Height, Weight, Age, Career & Achievements

Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan was an Indian philosopher and statesman who was the first Vice President of India (1952–1962) and the second President of India from 1962 to 1967. He was a very prominent scholar and academician. Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan was born in a Telugu-speaking Niyogi Brahmin family, in Tiruttani in Madras Presidency. 

He was professor of Eastern religions and ethics at the University of Oxford in England (1936–52) and vice chancellor of Benares Hindu University (1939–48) in India. From 1953 to 1962 he was chancellor of the University of Delhi.

When he became the President of India, his students and friends requested him to allow them to celebrate his birthday, on 5 September. He replied, instead of celebrating my birthday , it would be his privilege if 5th September be celebrated as Teacher’s Day. Since then 5th September been celebrated as Teachers’ Day in India.

Karan Sandhawalia Biography/ Personal Information

Real Name Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan
Profession Scholar and Academician
Date of Birth  5 September 1888
Place of Birth Thiruttani, Madras Presidency, British India (now in Tamil Nadu, India)
Date of Death 17 April 1975 Madras (now Chennai), Tamil Nadu, India
Nationality Indian
Age(when Died) 86 years
Hometown Jalandhar, Punjab, India
College/University K.V High School at Thiruttani

Hermansburg Evangelical Lutheran Mission School in Tirupati

Government Higher Secondary School, Walajapet

Madras Christian College

Educational Qualification Post Graduate (M.A)

The Ethics of the Vedanta and its Metaphysical Presuppositions

Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan Family & Relatives

Marital Status Married at the Age of 16
Marriage Date NA
Wife Sivakamu, a Distant Cousin
Children Five daughters and a son, Sarvepalli Gopal (Notable Historian)
Father Sarvepalli Veeraswami (Revenue official in the service of a local Zamindar)
Mother Sarvepalli Sita (Sitamma)

Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan Academic Career

In April 1909, Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan was appointed to the Department of Philosophy at the Madras Presidency College.

1918, he was selected as Professor of Philosophy by the University of Mysore, where he taught at its Maharaja’s College, Mysore.

In 1921 he was appointed as a professor in philosophy to occupy the King George V Chair of Mental and Moral Science at the University of Calcutta.

In 1929 Radhakrishnan was invited to take the post vacated by Principal J. Estlin Carpenter at Harris Manchester College.

He was the Vice-Chancellor of Andhra University from 1931 to 1936.

In 1939 Pt. Madan Mohan Malaviya invited him to succeed him as the Vice-Chancellor of Banaras Hindu University (BHU), He served as its Vice-Chancellor till January 1948.

Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan Political Career

Radhakrishnan started his political career “rather late in life”, after his successful academic career.

In 1931 he was nominated to the League of Nations Committee for Intellectual Cooperation.

In 1947, Radhakrishnan represented India at UNESCO (1946–52) and was later Ambassador of India to the Soviet Union, from 1949 to 1952. 

Radhakrishnan was elected as the first Vice-President of India in 1952, and elected as the second President of India (1962–1967).

Awards and Honours Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan

1954: The Bharat Ratna, the highest Civilian Award in India

1954: Order Pour le Mérite for Arts and Sciences (Germany)

1961: The Peace Prize of the German Book Trade

1963: The British Order of Merit

1989: Institution of the Radhakrishnan Scholarships by Oxford University in the memory of Radhakrishnan

He was nominated sixteen times for the Nobel prize in literature, and eleven times for the Nobel Peace prize.

President John F. Kennedy (in rocking chair) with President of India, Dr. Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan.

President John F. Kennedy (in rocking chair) with President of India, Dr. Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan.

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