Dr Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan, the first Vice President of India (1952–1962) and the second President of India from 1962 to 1967, referred as great philosopher, a great educationist and a great humanist by Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru is honoured for his contribution every year on his birthday on September 5.

Teachers’ Day is celebrated in the country to pay respect to the teachers for their contributions to the society.

Here are some lesser known facts about Dr Sarvepalli Radhakishnan:


At the age of 16, Dr Radhakrishnan married Sivakamu, a distant cousin.he couple had five daughters and a son, Sarvepalli Gopal.

A chair was founded at Oxford for Eastern Religions and Ethics in 1936 by H. N. Spalding, who had listened to Dr Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan’s lectures in london. The chair was offered to Dr Radhakrishnan.

From 1953-1962, Dr Radhakrishnan served as Chancellor of Delhi University.

Dr Radhakrishnan formed the Krishnarpan Charity Trust along with Ghanshyam Das Birla and some other social workers in the pre independence era.

In 1931, he was appointed a Knight Bachelor and in the year 1938, he was Elected Fellow of the British Academy.

Oxford University instituted the received Peace Prize of the German Book Trade in 1961 and was awarded the Templeton Prize in 1975, a few months before his death.

Radhakrishnan defended Hinduism in both India and the West.

Radhakrishnan Chevening Scholarships and Radhakrishnan Memorial Award at Oxford University have been institutedin the memory of Dr Radhakrishnan.


News Source: Times Of India


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