Sarvepalli Gopal

Sarvepalli Gopal

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సర్వేపల్లి గోపాల్‌

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Sarvepalli Gopal (Telugu : సర్వేపల్లి గోపాల్‌) (23 April 192320 April 2002) was a well known Indian historian.


He was the son of Dr. S.Radhakrishnan, India's second President.

Education and Career

He completed his graduation at Presidency College, Madras, and D.Phil. in Indian history at Oxford University. He was a Director in the Ministry of External Affairs, Government of India, and worked closely with Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru. Subsequently, he was a Reader in Indian History at St. Antony's College, Oxford. When the new Jawaharlal Nehru University was founded by then Prime Minister, Mrs. Indira Gandhi, he was appointed as a Professor of History at the Centre for Historical Studies, which he helped in setting up. He was also Chairman of the National Book Trust, New Delhi in the 1970s.

He remained at the forefront of the anti-communal struggle through the 1960s and 1970s and then again after the rise of the BJP to power in the 1990s.

In 1999 he was awarded the Padma Vibhushan for his contributions to Indian history.


Some of his works include a three-volume biography of Jawaharlal Nehru, biography of his father, Sarvapalli Radhakrishnan, and "British Policy in India (1858 – 1905)", which was based on his Oxford D.Phil. thesis.


*cite news|url=|title=Remembering Sarvepalli Gopal|author=Ramachandra Guha|publisher=The Hindu|date=April 27 2003|accessdate=2006-11-03
*cite journal|url=|title=A great historian: Sarvepalli Gopal, 1923-2002|author=K. N. Panikkar|journal=Frontline|volume=19|issue=9|date=April 27May 12 2002|accessdate=2006-11-03
*cite web|url=|title=Ministry of Home Affairs—Civilian Awards announced on January 26, 1999|accessdate=2006-11-03

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