Dr. P.J. Philip – author’s father!

Philip John

Dr. P.J. Philip

Born: 1st May 1916

Died: 22nd November 2012

Son of: Rev. P.J. Philip and Elizabeth Philip of Chengannur, Kerala
Married to Grace Philip – 1922 – 98

Father of:
Philip John (Philji) – Santa Clara, California, USA
John Philip (Ravi) – Oregon, USA

Educational Qualifications:
A. (Hons), Madras Christian College (1937) – Liberal Arts
M.A. MCC – University of Madras (1938) – Philosophy: Western and Asian
M.Litt., Presidency College (1940)  Political Philosophy   

Ph.D., London School of Economics: University of London (1950)
(Thesis on Inter-War English Political Theory – English Political Thought between World Wars I and II)


Academic Distinctions:

Elizabeth Miller Prize (1936)

Miller Philosophy Prize (1937)

Samuel Satyanadhan Gold Medal (1938) –

all three for outstanding achievement in Philosophy.

Positions Held:

Secretary, Student Christian Movement, South India 1941 – 46

Research Officer, Parliament of India – 1950 – 51

Senior Lecturer, Political Science, Patna University

University Grants Commission – 1956 – 70

(Positions Held: Head, Humanities and Social Sciences Division, Jt. Secretary, Secretary)

Director, Institute for Religion and Social Change, Honolulu, USA – 1970 – 75

Fellow, East West Center, Honolulu, USA –  1975 – 82

Visiting Professor, Anderson College, Anderson, Indiana USA (between 1982-90)

Visiting Professor, Hawaii Pacific College, Honolulu, HI USA (between 1982-90)

Member, Executive Council, Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU), New Delhi – 2002 – 03 (President of India’s Nominee)

Mentors, Contemporaries and Close Friends:

1. Sarvapalli Radhakrishnan – 2nd President of India

2. R. Narayanan – 10th President of India

3. Jean Paul Trudeau – Prime Minister of Canada

4. Tom Mboya, Prime Minister of Kenya

5. K. N. Raj – Economist, India

6. Raja Ramana – Head of Atomic Energy Commission, India

7. Dr. M.V. Pylee, Educationist/ Author

Remark by a Visitor to Philji –

“Your Dad’s curiosity and inquisitiveness of the world, and his interest in me as a person whenever we met was endearing.”


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