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C R Rao (1920–2023)


The death of Calyampudi Radhakrishna Rao on 22 August 2023 in Buffalo, New York is a great loss to the world of statistics. Rao both adored and adorned statistics. He is one of the two great centenarians in statistics, the other being D J Finney, both being students of Ronald A Fisher, the founder of modern statistics. He remained the top statistician in the two centuries he lived in.

Rao was an American of Indian origin. He was born in India. After receiving his postgraduate training in mathematics and statistics, he went to the University of Cambridge to receive his PhD in 1948 under the supervision of Fisher. He was awarded an honorary DSc degree by Cambridge in 1965. He was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society in 1967 and a Fellow of the Econometric Society in 1972. He received several other prestigious honours, including being elected as a fellow of King’s College, University of Cambridge. He also received the S S Bhatnagar Prize from the Indian Council of Scientific and Industrial Research in 1963, and the Guy Medal in Silver from the Royal Statistical Society in 1965. He was conferred the title of Padma Bhushan by the union government in 1968. He also received the Meghnad Saha Medal from the Indian National Science Academy in 1969 and the Jagdish Chandra Bose Gold Medal from the Bose Institute in 1979. He was then elected as a fellow of the National Academy of Sciences, United States (US) in 1995. He was awarded the Padma Vibhushan by the union government in 2001. He also received the National Medal of Science by President George W Bush on 12 June 2002 at a ceremony in the White House “for his pioneering contributions to the foundations of statistical theory and multivariate statistical methodology and their applications, enriching the physical, biological, mathematical, economic, and engineering sciences.”

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Updated On : 25th Nov, 2023
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