~ Sri Raghavan Iyer ~
MEMORIAL LIBRARY

Sri Raghavan Iyer

March 10, 1930 - June 20, 1995
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~ Sri Raghavan Iyer ~
MEMORIAL LIBRARY

Curriculum Vitae of Raghavan N. Iyer

Professor Raghavan Narasimhan Iyer, M.A., D.Phil. (Oxon)


Date and Place of Birth:

  • March 10, 1930 (Madras, India)

Date and Place of Death:

  • June 20, 1995 (Santa Barbara, CA, USA)

Education:

  • Dr. Antonio Da Silva High School, Bombay, 1934- 1936
  • St. James College, Calcutta, 1936- 1938
  • St. Bede's High School, Madras, 1938- 1940
  • Dr. Antonio Da Silva High School, Bombay, 1940- 1944
  • Elphinstone College, Bombay, 1944- 1950
  • School of Economics & Sociology, University of Bombay, 1948- 1950
  • Magdalen College, Oxford, 1950- 1953
  • Nuffield College, Oxford, 1953- 1954
  • Intermediate Arts, University of Bombay, 1946 (First Class First)
  • B.A. (Economics), University of Bombay, 1948 (First Class First)
  • B.A. (Philosophy, Politics & Economics), University of Oxford, 1954 (First Class Honours)
  • M.A., University of Oxford, 1956
  • D.Phil., University of Oxford, 1962

Career:

  • Fellow & Lecturer in Politics, Elphinstone College, Bombay, 1948- 1949
  • Director, Indian Institute of World Culture, Bangalore, 1954- 1955
  • Associate Editor, The Aryan Path, Bombay, 1954- 1955
  • Chief Research Officer to the Deputy Chairman, Planning Commission, Government of India, New Delhi, 1955- 1956
  • Fellow and Lecturer in Politics, St. Antony's College, Oxford, 1956- 1964
  • Consultant, Friends International Seminar, Kranj, Yugoslavia, 1958
  • Consultant, Parliamentary Group for World Government, London, 1957- 1964
  • Visiting Professor of Philosophy, University of Oslo, Jan- Mar, 1958
  • Visiting Professor of Political Philosophy, University of Chicago, Winter 1963
  • Visiting Professor, College of Europe, Bruges, Belgium, 1962
  • Visiting Professor, Erasmus Seminar, Netherlands, 1962
  • Visiting Professor, University of Ghana, Legon, Accra, Spring 1964
  • Visiting Professor, University of California, Los Angeles, 1964- 1965
  • Consultant, Encylopaedia Britannica, 1964- 1966
  • Consultant, Fund for the Republic, Santa Barbara, 1964- 1969
  • Consultant, Management Development Institute, Sacramento, 1969- 1971
  • Alton Brooks Professor of Religion, University of Southern California, 1985
  • Professor of Political Science, University of California, Santa Barbara, 1965- 1986; Professor Emeritus, after July 1986

Clubs, Societies, Professional and Non-Profit Organizations:

  • Founder-Secretary, The Elphinstone College Student's Executive, 1946- 1948
  • Founder-Editor, The Elphinstone College Wall-Paper (daily bulletin), 1946- 1948
  • Member, National Preparatory Committee, National Union of Students, 1949- 1950
  • Chief Delegate, World Union of Students, Mysore & Bombay, 1950
  • President, The Oxford Union, Spring 1954
  • President, The Oxford Majlis, Spring 1951
  • President, The Oxford University Peace Association, Michelmas, 1951
  • President, The Oxford Social Studies Association, 1952
  • President, The Voltaire Society, Winter 1953
  • Founder, The Plotinus Society, Winter 1953
  • Delegate, World Government Conference, Copenhagen, 1954
  • Director, Seminar on World Religions, Bangalore, 1955
  • Senior Treasurer, Oxford University Socratic Club, 1959- 1964
  • Member of Executive Committee, World Association of World Federalists, The Hague, 1957- 1958
  • Consultant & Lecturer, International Seminar on "Ideological Diversity and World Peace", Friends International Centre, Kranj, Yugoslavia, 1958
  • Consultant & Lecturer, International Conference on the Establishment of a World University, Switzerland,
  • 1959Lecturer, Conference of World Thinkers on Ideology and Industrial Society, Rheinfelden, Switzerland, 1959
  • Senior Treasurer, Oxford University Porphyry Society, 1959
  • Senior Treasurer, Oxford University Buddhist Society, 1958- 1964
  • Consultant, OXFAM, 1963- 1964
  • Director of Studies, UNESCO Conference in Oxford on "Mutual Understanding Between the Orient and the Occident", May 1958
  • Member, Political Studies Association, England, 1958- 1980
  • Member, Mind Association, England, 1958- 1974
  • Member, American Society for Legal and Political Philosophy, 1969- 1984
  • Member, The American Political Science Association, 1975- 1977
  • Member, The American Academy of Political Science, 1980- 1983
  • Life Member, The Indian Political Science Association, since 1979
  • Editorial Consultant, Nigerian Journal of Philosophy, 1981- 1983
  • Member, Jazz and World Music Society, 1981- 1986
  • Board of Advisers, The American Biographical Institute, 1982-1983
  • Member, International Political Studies Association, 1970- 1985
  • Member, The Club of Rome, 1971- 1982
  • Member, The American Association for the Club of Rome, 1980- 1982
  • Member, The World Futures Studies Federation, 1983- 1985
  • Member, The Reform Club, London, since 1978

Awards:

  • J.C.P. D'Andrade Senior Debating Trophy, Elphinstone College, 1944- 1948
  • J.C.P. D'Andrade Junior Debating Trophy, Elphinstone College, 1944- 1946
  • Lord Brabourne Inter-Collegiate Elocution Trophy, 1947, 1949- 1950
  • D.N. Sirur Inter-Collegiate Debating Trophy, 1946, 1947
  • Hughlings Prize for English, University of Bombay, 1946
  • Wordsworth Scholarship for Politics & Economics, University of Bombay, 1946
  • Merit Scholar, Elphinstone College, 1945- 1948
  • Managing Editor, The Elphinstonian, 1947- 1948
  • The Telang Medal, Elphinstone College, 1946
  • The Gokhale Prize, Elphinstone College, 1948
  • Elected Mr. Elphinstonian, 1946- 1949
  • James Taylor Prize for Economics, University of Bombay, 1948
  • Seth Jeshingbhai Prize, 1950
  • Chancellor's Gold Medal, 1950
  • Rhodes Scholar, 1950- 1953
  • Sheppard Exhibition, Magdalen College, Oxford, 1952
  • Senior Mackinnon Scholar, Magdalen College, Oxford, 1953- 1954
  • Ford Foundation Grant, St. Antony's College, Oxford, 1960
  • Humanities Institute Grant, University of California, Santa Barbara, 1967
  • Professor of the Year, University of California, Santa Barbara, 1983
  • Gold Medallion, Accademia Italia, 1984

Bibliography:

  • Contemporary Authors, 1974, 1981, 1986
  • Who's Who in the West, 1974
  • Dictionary of International Biography, 1979- 1984
  • Personaggi Contemporanei, 1984
  • Who's Who in California, 1987

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Self-Magnetization

This is the choice life continually affords to a human being. Either one chooses to become more deliberate and ideative by the magnetizing power of thought, functioning in terms of manifold cycles rather than the overall cycle of the gross astral, and so, by the power of higher thought, discovering and giving significance, beauty and meaning to life-atoms at each stage. Or one can merely be emotional, using language and thought to rationalize emotion, building up an ego and defending it, corroding the channels of connection between the higher and the lesser vestures till there is an atrophy of creative centres. After a point, the more one does this, the harder it is to gain the power of attention, to hold an idea, to become completely absorbed in a therapeutic teaching. Instead, through self-examination and meditation, one ought to learn to take advantage of the properties and powers of the higher which do not belong to the same cycles that work upon the lower vestures. So, to achieve a total renovation of the lower vestures from the standpoint of the immortal individuality will take many years. One must be willing to look back at seven, fourteen, twenty-one years of life and courageously acknowledge the chaotic patterns of so-called thinking and feeling which mauled, weakened and atrophied the constructive, creative and consecrating powers of the correlative faculty of Manas reflected in all these vestures. Without either being irresponsibly fatalistic, or delusively emotional, one must acknowledge that a thorough renewal requires many years of courageous effort. Damage done over a long time can have no instant solution. To succumb to the flattery that suggests otherwise is to deny oneself the opportunity to learn properly the alchemical art of self-regeneration.

Lead Article
HERMES,
August 1982