Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan

1888 - 1975

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Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan (Sarvepalli Radhakrishnayya; pronunciation 5 September 1888 – 17 April 1975) was an Indian philosopher and statesman who served as the second president of India from 1962 to 1967.One of the most distinguished twentieth-century scholars of comparative religion and philosophy, Radhakrishnan held the King George V Chair of Mental and Moral Science at the University of Calcutta from 1921 to 1932 and Spalding Chair of Eastern Religion and Ethics at University of Oxford from 1936 to 1952.Radhakrishnan's philosophy was grounded in Advaita Vedanta, reinterpreting this tradition for a contemporary understanding. He defended Hinduism against what he called "uninformed Western criticism", contributing to the formation of contemporary Hindu identity. He has been influential in shaping the understanding of Hinduism, in both India and the west, and earned a reputation as a bridge-builder between India and the West.Radhakrishnan was awarded several high awards during his life, including a knighthood in 1931, the Bharat Ratna, the highest civilian award in India, in 1954, and honorary membership of the British Royal Order of Merit in 1963. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan has received more than 7,458,804 page views. His biography is available in 69 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 64 in 2019). Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan is the 2,517th most popular politician (down from 2,131st in 2019), the 79th most popular biography from India (down from 66th in 2019) and the 25th most popular Indian Politician.

Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan was a philosopher, scholar, and politician who is most famous for being the second president of India.

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Among politicians, Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan ranks 2,517 out of 15,710Before him are César Gaviria, Sergey Bubka, Bahram V, Louise Françoise de Bourbon, Duchess of Bourbon, Sebastião José de Carvalho e Melo, 1st Marquis of Pombal, and Rudolf I of Bohemia. After him are Thabo Mbeki, Ferdinand, Duke of Parma, Bartolomeo Eustachi, Joseph P. Kennedy Sr., Alcinous, and Mohammed Nadir Shah.

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Among people born in 1888, Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan ranks 33Before him are Eugene O'Neill, Frits Zernike, Andrei Tupolev, Selman Waksman, Inge Lehmann, and Maurice Chevalier. After him are Joseph P. Kennedy Sr., Josef Albers, Georges Bernanos, Ernst Kretschmer, Oskar Schlemmer, and Richard E. Byrd. Among people deceased in 1975, Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan ranks 24Before him are George Paget Thomson, Josemaría Escrivá, Nikolai Bulganin, Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, Graham Hill, and Antonín Novotný. After him are Julian Huxley, Paul Keres, Robert Robinson, Infante Jaime, Duke of Segovia, Éamon de Valera, and Pavel Sukhoi.

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Among people born in India, Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan ranks 79 out of 1,227Before him are Ronald Ross (1857), Sher Shah Suri (1486), Rajiv Gandhi (1944), Satyendra Nath Bose (1894), Bahadur Shah Zafar (1775), and Vyasa (-390). After him are Mohammed Nadir Shah (1883), Razia Sultana (1205), Chaitanya Mahaprabhu (1486), Satyajit Ray (1921), Kasturba Gandhi (1869), and Bindusara (-320).


Among politicians born in India, Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan ranks 25Before him are Abdul Karim (1863), Harsha (590), Śuddhodana (-590), Sher Shah Suri (1486), Rajiv Gandhi (1944), and Bahadur Shah Zafar (1775). After him are Mohammed Nadir Shah (1883), Razia Sultana (1205), Bindusara (-320), Ajatashatru (-500), Rajendra Prasad (1884), and Samudragupta (335).