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Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan


Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan

President of India


Name : Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan
2nd President of India : 13 May, 1962 – 13 May, 1967
Date of birth : 5 September, 1888
Date of Death : 17 April, 1975
Place of birth : Tiruttani, Tamil Nadu, India
Nationality: Indian
Gender: Male
Religion : Hindu
Spouse : Sivakamuamma

Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan (1888-1975) Indian philosopher and statesman. He was the first Vice President of India (1952-1962), and the second President of India (1962-1967). His birthday is celebrated in India as Teacher's Day. Radhakrishnan was born near Madras into a Brahmin family of orthodox Hindu persuasion. His mother tongue was Telugu. His early years were spent in Tiruttani, Tiruvallur and Tirupati. His primary education was in Gowdie School, Tiruvallur, and higher school education in P.M.High School, Gajulamandyam, Renigunta. He married Sivakamuamma in 1904 at age 16 in Vellore. He graduated with a Master's degree in Philosophy from the prestigious Madras Christian College.

The main part of his life was spent as an academic, he was a philosophy professor at Mysore (1918–21) and Calcutta (1921–31, 1937–41) universities and also held a professorship in eastern religion and ethics at Oxford (1936–52). His positions in academic administration included the vice chancellorship of Andhra Univ. (1931–36) and of Benares Hindu Univ. (1939–48) and the chancellorship of Delhi Univ. (1953–62). He was ambassador to the USSR (1949–52).

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