Famous Indian Educators

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 1 Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan

Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan.
Famous As: Confident, Ambitious
Birthdate: September 5, 1888
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Thiruttani, Tamil Nadu, India
Died: April 17, 1975

Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan was the second President of India and served from 1962 to 1967. He is regarded as one of India’s most eminent scholars and wrote extensively on Indian philosophy and religion. Lifelong he defended Hindu traditions and culture against criticism from the West. September 5, his birthday, is observed as Teachers Day in India, in his honour.

 2 A.P.J. Abdul Kalam

A.P.J. Abdul Kalam.
Famous As: Former President of India, Missile Man of India
Birthdate: October 15, 1931
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Rameswaram, Tamil Nadu, India
Died: July 27, 2015
A. P. J. Abdul Kalam, India’s 11th president, had earlier been an aerospace scientist at DRDO and ISRO. Known as the “People’s President” and the “Missile Man of India,” he was instrumental in India's Pokhran-II nuclear tests. He died of a cardiac arrest while delivering a lecture at IIM Shillong.
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 3 Savitribai Phule

Savitribai Phule.
Famous As: Social Reformer, Poet
Birthdate: January 3, 1831
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Naigaon, British India (now in Satara district, Maharashtra)
Died: March 10, 1887

Savitribai Phule was a revolutionary social reformer who dedicated her life to educate girls and bring about gender equality in the face of resistance from the conservative Indian society. Phule, who was illiterate till her marriage, went on to become a teacher, a feat considered first by an Indian woman. With her husband, she established schools for girls in Maharashtra.

 4 Jaggi Vasudev

Jaggi Vasudev.
Famous As: Yoga Guru
Birthdate: September 3, 1957
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Mysore, Karnataka, India

The recipient of Padma Vibhushan, the second-highest civilian award of India, Jaggi Vasudev is a mystic, yogi, and author.  His spiritual program called inner engineering is famous all over the world, particularly in the Western world. Popularly known as Sadhguru, Jaggi Vasudev's yoga programs, environmental initiatives, and educational and social initiatives have earned him celebrity status in India.

 5 Dadabhai Naoroji

Dadabhai Naoroji.
Birthdate: September 4, 1825
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Bombay, British India
Died: June 30, 1917

 6 Sir Syed Ahmad Khan

Sir Syed Ahmad Khan.
Famous As: Founder of Aligarh Muslim University
Birthdate: October 17, 1817
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Delhi, India
Died: March 27, 1898
Sir Syed Ahmad Khan was the founder of the Aligarh Muslim University. He is accredited as the father of Two-Nation Theory and is regarded as the originator of Muslim nationalism in India. A proponent of freedom of speech and democratic ideals, he propelled social and educational reforms.

 7 Anand Kumar

Anand Kumar.
Famous As: Teacher
Birthdate: January 1, 1973
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Patna, Bihar, India

Anand Kumar is an Indian educator who teaches mathematics. He is renowned for his educational program called Super 30, which selects 30 economically underprivileged candidates and trains them for IIT-JEE, potentially giving them an opportunity to get into the Indian Institutes of Technology. His life and career inspired the film Super 30, in which Anand Kumar's character was played by Hrithik Roshan.

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 8 Mahasweta Devi

Mahasweta Devi
Famous As: Human rights activist, Writer, Poet, Novelist, Educator, Short story writer
Birthdate: January 14, 1926
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Dhaka
Died: July 28, 2016

Ramon Magsaysay Award-winning Indian author Mahasweta Devi is regarded as a gem of the Bengali literary world. She had also been a left-wing social activist, and her works such as Hajar Churashir Maa and Rudali have either tribals or people from the marginalized communities as their protagonists.

 9 Madan Mohan Malaviya

Madan Mohan Malaviya.
Famous As: Politician & Educationist
Birthdate: December 25, 1861
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Allahabad, India
Died: November 12, 1946

 10 Vishnu Manchu

Vishnu Manchu
Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: November 23, 1981
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Madras, Tamil Nadu, India

 11 Sudha Murty

Sudha Murty
Famous As: Author
Birthdate: August 19, 1950
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Shiggaon, Haveri, Karnataka, India

Known for her humility and simplicity, Indian philanthropist and author Sudha Murty had humble beginnings as a TELCO engineer. She is married to Infosys co-founder Narayan Murty and heads the Infosys Foundation. The Padma Shri winner has penned over 200 titles, such as Dollar Bahu, in both Kannada and English.

 12 Dhondo Keshav Karve

Dhondo Keshav Karve.
Famous As: Social Reformer and Educator
Birthdate: April 18, 1858
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Ratnagiri
Died: November 9, 1962

 13 Mohan Agashe

Mohan Agashe
Famous As: Psychiatrist
Birthdate: July 23, 1947
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Bhor, India

 14 Salman Khurshid

Salman Khurshid
Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: January 1, 1953
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Aligarh, Uttar Pradesh, India

 15 Mahadevi Varma

Mahadevi Varma.
Famous As: Poet
Birthdate: March 26, 1907
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Farrukhabad, United Provinces of Agra and Oudh, British India
Died: September 11, 1987

A leading figure of the Chhayavad movement of Hindi literature, Indian author Mahadevi Varma was also a Jnanpith Award and Padma Bhushan winner. A champion of women’s rights, she contributed to the establishment of the Prayag Mahila Vidyapeeth for educating girls. She also developed the soft Khadi boli.

 16 Swami Sivananda

Swami Sivananda
Famous As: Spiritual & Yoga Teacher
Birthdate: September 8, 1887
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Pattamadai, Tamil Nadu, India
Died: July 14, 1963

 17 Atīśa

Famous As: Religious reformer
Birthdate: 0980 AD
Birthplace: Bikrampur, India
Died: 1054 AD

 18 Bharati Mukherjee

Bharati Mukherjee
Famous As: Writer
Birthdate: July 27, 1940
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Kolkata, India
Died: January 28, 2017

 19 Mani Kaul

Mani Kaul
Famous As: Film Director
Birthdate: December 25, 1944
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Jodhpur, India
Died: July 6, 2011

 20 Qurratulain Hyder

Qurratulain Hyder
Famous As: Novelist
Birthdate: January 20, 1927
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Aligarh, India
Died: August 21, 2007

 21 Ebrahim Alkazi

Ebrahim Alkazi
Famous As: Theatre Director
Birthdate: October 18, 1925
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Pune, India
Died: August 4, 2020

 22 K. M. Panikkar

K. M. Panikkar
Famous As: Diplomat
Birthdate: June 3, 1895
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Travancore, India
Died: December 10, 1963

 23 Rama Tirtha

Rama Tirtha
Famous As: Teacher
Birthdate: October 22, 1873
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Village Muraliwala, British India
Died: October 17, 1906

 24 Asaṅga

Famous As: Scholar
Birthdate: 0300 AD
Birthplace: Peshawar, Pakistan
Died: 0370 AD

 25 Rupa Goswami

Rupa Goswami
Famous As: Teacher
Birthdate: 1493 AD
Birthplace: Jessore District, Bangladesh
Died: 1564 AD

 26 Shah Ismail Dehlvi

Shah Ismail Dehlvi
Famous As: Scholar
Birthdate: April 26, 1779
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Phulat, India
Died: May 6, 1831

 27 Akhilesh Das

Akhilesh Das
Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: March 31, 1961
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Bulandshahr, Uttar Pradesh, India
Died: April 12, 2017

 28 Śāntirakṣita

Famous As: Philosopher
Birthdate: 0725 AD
Birthplace: Rewalsar, India
Died: 0788 AD

 29 Surendranath Dasgupta

Surendranath Dasgupta
Famous As: Scholar
Birthdate: September 30, 1887
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Kushtia, Nadia, Bengal, British India
Died: December 18, 1952

 30 V. S. Srinivasa Sastri

V. S. Srinivasa Sastri
Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: September 22, 1869
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Valangaiman, Tamil Nadu, India
Died: April 17, 1946

Known for his mastery over English, Indian orator V. S. Srinivasa Sastri was also a noted independence activist, politician and writer.  A close follower of Gopal Krishna Gokhale and a friend of Mahatma Karamchand Gandhi, he took part in various international delegations and was seen as too sympathetic to British rule in India by many nationalistic leaders, including Jawaharlal Nehru.  

 31 Moggaliputta-Tissa

Famous As: Buddhist monk
Birthdate: 0327 AD
Birthplace: Pataliputra, India
Died: 0247 AD

 32 B. C. Sanyal

B. C. Sanyal
Famous As: Artist
Birthdate: April 22, 1901
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Dhubri, India
Died: August 9, 2003

 33 Raghavan N. Iyer

Raghavan N. Iyer
Famous As: Philosopher
Birthdate: March 10, 1930
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Madras, India
Died: June 20, 1995

 34 Jitendra Nath Pande

Jitendra Nath Pande
Famous As: Physician
Birthdate: June 14, 1941
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Shikohabad, India
Died: May 23, 2020

 35 Vajrabodhi

Famous As: Missionary
Birthdate: 0671 AD
Birthplace: India
Died: 0741 AD

 36 John Mason

John Mason
Famous As: Educationist
Birthdate: January 10, 1945
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Dehradun, Uttarakhand, India
Died: 1969 AD

 37 Mayadhar Raut

Mayadhar Raut
Famous As: Dancer
Birthdate: July 6, 1930
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Kantapenhara, India

 38 Mrs YGP

Famous As: Journalist
Birthdate: November 8, 1925
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India
Died: August 6, 2019