Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan was born on September 5, 1888 in Tamil Nadu, India. He was a philosopher and a National Leader. He was the one who built a bridge between Eastern and Western thoughts. He introduced Western idealism into Indian philosophy. He became Vice President of India in 1952 and was elected President in 1962; he held the office until 1967. In India, his birthday is celebrated as Teacher’s Day in his honor.He wrote books on Indian philosophy according to Western academic standards, and made Indian philosophy worthy of serious consideration in the West. He was elected as a Fellow of the British Academy in 1938. He was awarded the Bharat Ratna in 1954 and the Order of Merit in 1963. He received the Templeton Prize in 1975. He donated the entire Templeton Prize amount to Oxford University. The Oxford University instituted the Radhakrishnan Chevening Scholarships and the Radhakrishnan Memorial Award in his memory. This great philosopher died on April 17, 1975.