Bertrand Russell An Philosopher & Mathematician
As a dreamer of world peace, Bertrand Russell could say " I see in my mind's eye a great wave of happiness seeping over the human race, as the old night of hate and fear become dispersed.
I see a new Golden Age the like of which has never been seen since history began . All this is possible . It needs only that man should choose to live rather than to die.
The philosopher and mathematician, Bertrand Russell, was born on May 18, 1872. He studied Mathematics and Moral Sciences at Trinity College, Cambridge and was appointed as Lecturer in the same College. In 1908 he was made a Fellow of the Royal Society. He as a pacifist and during the First World War he suffered for his views.
As a Member of the Labour Party Bertrand Russell visited Russia and wrote a book on his impressions of the U.S.S.R.- "The Practices and Theory of Bolshevism."
He then visited China, studied Chinese life and thought. On his return he wrote a book "The Problem of China". Bertrand Russell was author of more than fifty books, many of them on Mathematics, philosophy and other academic subjects, bur many also deal with sociological problems.
He was active in many directions. A stimulating speaker and lecturer, he frequently took part in the BBC's "Brain Trust" programmes and was invited by it to deliver the inaugural series of Reith Lectures in 1947.
Temperamentally sympathetic to the India struggle for liberty, Russell became Chairman of the Indian League formed in Britain to help the Indians and their claim for self-government. During his later years, Russell was a moving spirit in the formation of various bodies working for world peace.
He was a founder of the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament and founded in 1963 the Bertrand Russell Peace Foundation and the Atlantic Peace Foundation with the object of developing international resistance to the threat of nuclear war.
Bertrand Russell as married four times and had three children. He lived latterly at Plas Penrhyn in North Wales, where he breathed his last on February 2, 1970 in his 98th year.
Department of Posts brought out a commemorative postage stamp on Birth Centenary of Bertrand Russell
Issued Date : 16.10. 1972
Denomination : 145 paise