7 Famous Teachers who inspired Generations

Teachers always play an important part in our lives. A good teacher is someone who helps us become a good human being and person first and eventually a good citizen. All the different countries celebrate teacher’s day on different calendar dates to acknowledge the contribution of the teachers to their society.

Teachers play a very significant role in shaping a student’s life during their formative years. With their patience and love, they leave a huge impact on a student’s life. While some teachers have changed lives, some have inspired generations to come with their extraordinary talent and knowledge. Let’s see how these 7 respected teachers impacted the world.


  • A.P.J. Abdul Kalam

He was an Indian aerospace scientistand was intimately involved in India's civilian space programme and military missile development efforts. He was also fondly called Missile Man of India. He also played a pivotal role in Pokharan- II nuclear tests in 1998. Mr. Kalam was elected 11th President of India in 2002 and was referred as “People’s President”. He later returned back to his civilian life of education, writing and public service. He was recipient of multiple prestigious awards including Bharat Ratna.


  • Chanakya

Chanakya was an ancient Indian teacher, philosopher, economist, jurist and royal advisor. He is traditionally called Kauṭilya or Vishnugupta, who authored the ancient Indian political treatise, the Arthashastra. He is also considered as the pioneer of the political science and economics in India. His work is thought of as an important precursor to classical economics.


  • Swami Vivekananda

He was a key figure in the introduction of Indian philosophies of Yoga and Vedanta to the western world. He is credited in raising interfaith awareness and contributed to the concept of Indian nationalism as a tool to fight for freedom against the British rule. He has been very much of a devoted student of spirituality and he tried to extend his knowledge to all through his speeches and books.


  • Dr. Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan

Dr. Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan was an Indian philosopher, academic, and statesman who served as the first Vice President of India (1952–1962) and the second President of India (1962–1967). He is one of India's most distinguished scholars who have had taught at multiple Indian and foreign universities. Dr. Radhakrishnan was awarded several prestigious awards during his life, including a knighthood in 1931, Bharat Ratna in 1954, and honorary membership of the British Royal Order of Merit in 1963. He believed that "teachers should be the best minds in the country". Since 1962, his birthday has been celebrated in India as Teachers' Day on 5 September every year.


  • Rabindranath Tagore

He was a Bengali polymath- poet, writer, composer, philosopher, painter and a distinguished academician. He became the first non-European to win the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1913. Mr. Tagore modernized Bengali art by spurning rigid classical forms and resisting linguistic strictures. His novels, stories, songs, dance-dramas, and essays spoke to topics political and personal. Gitanjali, Gora and Ghare-Baire are his best-known works, and his verse, short stories, and novels were acclaimed for their colloquialism, naturalism, and unnatural contemplation. His compositions were chosen by two nations as national anthems: India's "Jana Gana Mana" and Bangladesh's "Amar Shonar Bangla". The Sri Lankan national anthem was inspired by his work.


  • Savitribai Phule

Savitribai Phule was an Indian social reformer, educationalist, and poet from Maharashtra. She is regarded as the first female teacher of India. Along with her husband, Jyotirao Phule, she played an important role in improving women's rights in India. Phule and her husband founded one of the first Indian girls' school in Pune in 1848. She worked to abolish the discrimination and unfair treatment of people based on caste and gender. She is regarded as an important figure of the social reform movement in Maharashtra.


  • Bhaskaracharya

Bhaskara and his works represent a significant contribution to mathematical and astronomical knowledge in the 12th century. He has been called the greatest mathematician of medieval India. His main work Siddhanta-Siromani, is divided into four parts called Līlāvatī, Bījagaṇita, Grahagaṇita and Golādhyāya, which are also sometimes considered four independent works. These four sections deal with arithmetic, algebra, mathematics of the planets, and spheres respectively. He also wrote another treatise named Karaṇā Kautūhala. His work on calculus predates Newton and Leibniz by over half a millennium.He is particularly known in the discovery of the principles of differential calculus and its application to astronomical problems and computations. On 20 November 1981, ISRO launched the Bhaskara II satellite honoring the mathematician and astronomer.


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