C.R.Rao - Famous statistician India has seen

This article is about C.R.Rao a famous statistician of olden era but his works and theories are relevant for centuries to go.

C R Rao is an world renowned statistician, who born on September 10th in the year 1920 at Hadagalli now in Bellary district of Karnataka, he has been honored at the famous White House on 13th June in the year 2002 with National Medal Scence.

He have several degrees, honorary doctorates from several countries few of them are he has earned his M.A. in mathematics from Andhra University, he have another M.A. in Statistics from Calcutta University and he got his PhD and also ScD from Cambridge University. He has received 27 honorary doctorate degrees from several colleges and Universities from 16 countries which belongs 5 different continents, among his degrees 7 are from India and 4 from United States.

He have a vast professional experience of over 40 years at the Indian Statistical Institute in the capacity of Superintending Statistician, he has lead the Research and Training School as its head and also as Director in the same organization before that he has served as National Professor. Further his rich experience in the field of statistics includes 20 years in several universities comprising of United States and United Kingdom which also includes University of Pittsburgh, University of California at Berkeley, Pennsylvania State University, Cambridge University and Hopkins University.

Rao was selected as the Statistician of the year in the year 1981 from ASA Pittsburgh Chapter as this was in recognition of his innumerable service and prolific contributions since 1970 the year he joined ASA, in the year 1989 he was selected for the award Samuel S. Wilks with medal as his contributions in the field of statistics was outstanding. His contributions towards the development of methods, issues, applications and concepts of environmental statistics were outstanding hence he was selected for the distinguished achievement medal from ASA.

In addition to his responsibilities Rao is also member for eight Indian National Academies apart from United Kingdom, the United States and Italy. The different fields like Statistical, mathematical and scientific organization in total 26 were where Rao is a member, dozens of medals have been won by him since 1943 along with citations, award and other honors for his innumerable contribution towards statistics and science. A key to the city was also presented to him in the year 2000 by the mayor of Kent and proclaimed May 13th as C.R. Rao Day, Indian Government has also constituted a body to select the young persons on the basis of their contribution towards the field of Statistics, C.R.Rao is the head for that body

He has the distinction of serving five statistical societies together they are the Indian Economic Society, Institute of mathematical statistics, the international biometric society, the forum for interdisciplinary mathematics and international statistical institute, his service in the field of statistics is always for some useful purpose. The other notable aspect about Rao is he has guided around fifty students to attain their PhD, he has been the advisor for all of them and he has helped more than thousand students through his accurate and sharp teaching.
Blackwell, Fisher, Neyman, Hamming and Rubin are world known statisticians Rao has worked with them extensively and more than a dozen theorem were made by him and hundreds of his articles were published in international journals like the journal of the American statistical association, Economitrika and also in the journal of the royal statistical society.

The research fields Rao has chosen were inference and linear models, estimation theory, multivariate analysis, biometry, combination design, mathematical genetics, functional equations and generalized matrix inverses.

Several awards have been conferred on him which includes Padma Vibhushana from Government of India, National Medal of Science from US in the year 2002 presented by President Bush, Wilks medal of the American statistical association, Meghanadha Saha medal from the Indian National Science Academy, Guy medal of Royal statistical society, S.S. Bhatnagar award, Mahalanobis centenary gold medal from Indian science congress and J.C.Bose gold medal from Bose Institute in Kolkata, other prestigious honors in his name were the Pennsylvania state university has established in the name of C.R. Rao and Bhargavi Rao prize in statistics and Osmania University has founded in his name as Advanced Institute for mathematical and Computer Sciences shortly called as AIMCS.

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