Sarvepalli Gopal

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Sarvepalli Gopal,
సర్వేపల్లి గోపాల్‌
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Born (1923-04-23)23 April 1923
Madras, India
Died 20 April 2002(2002-04-20) (aged 78)
Chennai [formerly Madras], India
Occupation Historian
Nationality India
Period british india
Subject Indian history
Spouse Kaveri/Indira Ramaswami (1949)

Sarvepalli Gopal (Telugu: సర్వేపల్లి గోపాల్‌) (1923–2002) was a well known Indian historian.[1] He is the author of Radhakrishnan: A Biography and Jawaharlal Nehru: A Biography.

Background and education[edit]

He was born in a Telugu family. He was the son of Dr. S. Radhakrishnan, India's first Vice-President [1952-1962] and second President [1962-1967].

He completed his graduation at Presidency College, Madras, and D.Phil. in Indian history at Oxford University.


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, Indira Gandhi, he was appointed as a Professor of History at the Centre for Historical Studies, which he helped in setting up.[2]


He was a Director in the Ministry of External Affairs, Government of India, and worked closely with Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru in the 1950s. 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.




  • History of Humanity: Scientific and Cultural Development, Vol. 7: The Twentieth Century, (Paris: UNESCO, Routledge, 2008) (co-author Tichvinskii, Sergei Leonidovich)
  • Jawaharlal Nehru: A Biography, (Delhi: Oxford University Press, 2004)
  • The Essential Writings of Jawaharlal Nehru, (New Delhi: Oxford University Press, 2003) (co-author Uma Iyengar)
  • Anatomy of Confrontation: The Babri Masjid Ramjanmabhumi Issue, (New Delhi: Viking, 1991)
  • Radhakrishnan: A Biography, (Delhi: Oxford University Press, 1992)
  • Economy, Society and Development:Essays and Reflections in Honour of Malcolm Adesheshiah, (New Delhi: Sage, 1991) (co-authors Kurien, C.T., E.R. Prabhakar)
  • Jawaharlal Nehru: An Anthology, (Delhi: Oxford University Press, 1983)
  • Selected Works of Jawaharlal Nehru, (New Delhi: Orient Longman, 1972–82) (co-authors Chalapatti Rau, M., Sharada Prasad, H.Y., Nanda, B.R.)
  • British Policy in India, 1858-1905, (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1965)
  • Modern India, (London: Historical Association, 1967)
  • The Viceroyalty of Lord Irwin, 1926-1931, (Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1957)
  • The Viceroyalty of Lord Ripon, 1880-1884, (London: Oxford University Press, 1957)
  • The Permanent Settlement in Bengal and its Result, (London, G.Allen and Unwin, 1949)


  1. ^ Ramachandra Guha (April 27, 2003). "Remembering Sarvepalli Gopal". The Hindu. Retrieved 2006-11-03. 
  2. ^ K. N. Panikkar (April 27 – May 12, 2002). "A great historian: Sarvepalli Gopal, 1923-2002". Frontline 19 (9). Retrieved 2006-11-03. 
  3. ^ "Ministry of Home Affairs—Civilian Awards announced on January 26, 1999". Archived from the original on 2006-09-08. Retrieved 2006-11-03.