As we celebrate Teachers Day today, here are amazing facts about Radhakrishnan.
1. Dr. Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan, who was born on September 5, 1888 into a middle-class family in Thiruthani, Tamil Nadu, was appointed Professor of Philosophy to the King George V Chair of Humanities and Moral Studies at the University of Calcutta (CU). His association with the university lasted approximately 12 years from 1921 to 1932. During his tenure at the university, he represented CU at the Congress of Universities of the British Empire in June 1926 and at the International Congress of Philosophy at Harvard University. the USA in September 1926.
2. Dr. Radhakrishnan was appointed Spalding Professor of Eastern Religions and Ethics at Oxford University. This position was specially filled by HN Spalding in 1936 because he was impressed after Radhakrishnan’s lectures in London and was also fascinated by his personality.
3. Radhakrishnan has been nominated 16 times for the Nobel Prize in Literature and a further 11 times for the Nobel Peace Prize.
4. Radhakrishnan was highly admired and respected by his disciples. When he was driving from Mysore University to Mysore Train Station in 1921, his students had decorated a float with flowers to take him to his destination. This car was pulled by the students themselves.
5. During his tenure as Vice President, Radhakrishnan was responsible for the meetings of Rajya Sabha (House of Lords). Whenever there was heated conversation during the sessions, Radhakrishnan quoted slokas from Sanskrit classics or quotations from the Bible to calm the excited audience.
6. Dr. Radhakrishnan, who headed the Indian delegation to the United Nations Education, Science and Culture (UNESCO) organization, was elected chairman of the UNESCO Executive Council in 1948.
7. Dr. Radhakrishnan has taught at various universities – from the University of Mysore to the University of Calcutta.
8. He died on April 16, 1975 in Chennai.