Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan was born on 5th September, 1888, in Tamil Nadu. He had his early education in Christians Missionary Institution in Tamil Nadu. He obtained his B.A. and M.A. degrees from Madras Christian College.

He worked for some time as Assistant Lecturer in Logic at Madras Presidency College, and then, became the Professor of Philosophy at the University of Mysore. Sir Ashutosh Mukherjee, the renowned vice-chancellor of Kolkata University, offered him the King-George V chair of Mental and Moral Science when Radhakrishnan was only 30 years old.

During 1931-1936 Radhakrishnan was the vice chancellor of Andhra University. Then he worked as a professor in Eastern Religion and Ethics at Oxford University for about three years. During 1939-1948, he was the Vice chancellor of the Benares Hindu University. He wrote many articles and books on religion and philosophy. He delivered lectures in many countries of the world.

During 1952-62, Radhakrishnan was the Vice President, of India. In 1954, he was awarded the ‘Bharat Ratna’ award along with C.Rajagopalachari and C.V. Raman. During 1962-1967, he was the President of India. In 1969, he enjoyed a life of retirement.


Radhakrishnan was a great educationalist and humanist. His birthday is celebrated as the ‘Teacher’s Day’ all over the country, by the Indian students. On this day, they show love and respect to their respective teachers as a mark of respect to the great Indian, Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan, who passed away in 1975.