Isaiah Berlin was a renowned British philosopher, social and political theorist, and a historian of ideas. Born in Livonia into a rich Russian Jewish family, he moved to England with his parents when he was twelve years old, quickly acclimatizing himself to the new environment, yet retaining his Russian Jewish identity. Proficient in Russian, English, German, Italian, Hebrew, Latin, and Ancient Greek, he spent his entire career at Oxford except for a few years during the Second World War. At the age of thirty, he published his first work, ‘Karl Marx: His Life and Environment', which was highly appreciated by scholars. However, he did not enjoy writing, and his published works were mostly produced from his conversational dictation to a tape-recorder, or through the transcription of his lectures and talks. In later years, his essays on various topics were collected in books like ‘Russian Thinkers’, ‘Concepts and Categories’, etc. He died in Oxford at the age of eighty-eight.