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    Google honours P C Mahalanobis with a doodle,let us too

    Google has honoured late P C Mahalanobis with a doodle on his 125 th birthday falling today,29 th June 2018.
    Mahalanobis or PCM to his colleagues is credited to be the father of Indian Statistical Research, being founder of Indian Statistical Institute, .
    He found that statistics could be applied to solve the problems in meteorology(study of weather) and anthropology-'the study of human societies and cultures and their development. He made lot o studies in anthropology..
    He is also known for the 'Mahalanobi distance' a measure used in statistics.
    Born in Bengal on June 29, 1893, he died on 28 th June 1972 in West Bengal., being actively working for science and the nation till the last day.
    Let us also remember with respect the noble son of India.
  • #640576
    PCM is a fatherly figure in statistical research in India. He is very well respected in the society of dtaticians. His research in application of his statistical knowledge in other social sciences made him a world renowned scientist in his field. During my M.Sc days in our university in statistics department one year a seminar is conducted on his birthday. A great man India should remember for long.
    always confident

  • #640595
    Prashanta Chandra Mahalanobis is the father-figure of Statistics in India. In the later stage of his life, he founded the Planning Commission and first two five year plans of the country. He was also in the forefront of science movement in India.

    Myrespect to him.

    Beware! I question everything and everybody.

  • #640634
    Prasanta Chandra Mahalanobis is the father of modern Statistics in India. There is a small role for 'chance', which qualifies a Statistical variable ( 'random' variable) in this case too.
    Mahalanobis completed his Tripos (in Mathematics and Physics) taking only a year and eight months. He studied at King' s college, Cambridge. After completing Tripos he spent his free time mainly in the college Library.
    One morning his Tutor, W. H. Macaulay, met him at the library and showed him some new bound volumes of 'Biometrika' journal. These were presented to the library by its Editor, Karl Pearson ( himself a great Statistician, mainly worked on Distribution theory and Statistical testing), an Honorary Fellow of the College. Macaulay asked Mahalanobis to go through the contents. Mahalanobis was attracted by different papers in those volumes and purchased a set of 'Biometrika' when he returned to India. This incident paved the way to start a centre for Statistics within Presidency College in Calcutta and later develop the same as Indian Statistical Institute, in 1931. Following the Biometrika journal another journal "Sankhya", Indian journal of Statistics was also started two years later.
    Mahalanobis became close to Jawaharlal Nehru and his statistical abilities were made use of by Nehru. He was the statistical advisor when the First Five Year Plan was started, and the Second Five Year Plan was almost Mahalanobis' s child.
    Rabindranatha Tagore was a family friend of Mahalanobis. He arranged his marriage with Nirmal Kumari.


  • #640654
    Only Yesterday I was going through the Habsiguda area where the Indian Statistical Institute was set up and I was unaware that Mahalanobis is the founder of Indian statistics. Great remembrance.
    K Mohan
    'Idhuvum Kadandhu Pogum "
    Even this challenging situation would ease

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