Statistician wins India Science Prize

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Tuesday inaugurated the 21st general meeting of the Academy of Sciences for the Developing World (TWAS) at the Hyderabad International Convention Centre here.

Dr.  Singh presented the India Science prize, on behalf of the Indian National Science Academy, to  C. Radhakrishna Rao. The prize carried a reward of Rs. 25 lakh (550,000$) in cash and a 200 gram gold medal.


Calyampudi Radhakrishna Rao: image


C R Rao (born September 10, 1920) is an Indian statistician. He is currently Professor Emeritus at Penn State University and Research Professor at the University at Buffalo.  The American Statistical Association has described him as “a living legend whose work has influenced not just statistics, but has had far reaching implications for fields as varied as economics, genetics, anthropology, geology, national planning, demography, biometry, and medicine.” Among his best-known discoveries are the Cramér-Rao bound and the Rao-Blackwell theorem both related to the quality of estimators. Other areas he worked in include multivariate analysis, estimation and differential geometry. His other contributions include the Fisher-Rao Theorem, Rao distance, and orthogonal arrays.

CR Rao uses these lines from Robert Frost’s “Pertinax” to begin his book Statistics and truth: putting chance to work

Let chaos storm!

Let cloud shapes swarm!

I wait for form.




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