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Prof C . R . Rao

Born : 10 September 1920 (age 92) Hadagali, Kingdom of Mysore
Residence : India, United Kingdom, United States
Citizenship : United States
Alma mater : Andhra University University of Calcutta King's College, Cambridge
Thesis : Statistical Problems of Biological Classifications (1948)
Doctoral advisor : Ronald Fisher

The living legend and doyen of Indian Statistics, 91years old Padmavibhushan Prof C.R. Rao is designated fro Guy Medal in Gold of the Royal Statistical Society, UK. IN the 115years history of Royal Statistical Society he is 34th receipient of the award. He is the first Asian, first non European and first non American to receive the award. It will be formally presented to Prof. C.R.Rao in June in a function to be held in London informed Dr. S.B. Rao, Director of CR Rao Advanced Institute of Mathematics, Statistics and Computer Sciences(AIMSCS) addressing a press conference in city held in city. CR Rao Advanced Institute of Mathematics, Statistics and Computer Science(AIMSCS) which started functioning from University of Hyderabad is now ready with a new building.

Hyderabad Central University gave five acres of land for the building. Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh allocated Rs 15crore for the construction of the building. The 43,000sq ft new building is now ready to be inaugurated in February, informed Dr. S.B. Rao. The objective of this academy is to propagate Statistics and promote research, he informed.

Within two years since the functioning of the academy it has got recognition by Department of Scientific & Industrial Research(DSIR) as research laboratory. It has got a sanction of a research project in Mathematical Sciences of 5 years duratrion by DST at a cost of Rs 6.36cr, another research project in Cryptography and Cryptanalysis by Government of India at a cost of Rs 12.48cr, and one more research project on Modulation Classfication by a DRDO Lab at a cost of Rs 10 lakhs etc and others. It hosted an International Conference on Cryptology. It entered MoU with IIIT(Hyderabad), Sambalpur University, IIT(Mumbai), Indian Statistical Institute(Kolkata) mainly for taking up joint research projects apart from University of Hyderabad. Speaking on the occasion Prof. Allam Appa Rao, Vice Chancellor of JNTU-Kakinada said the University decided to present a Honorary Doctorate to Prof C.R. Rao on the occasion of its 1st Convocation to be held on February 6, 2011 in Kakinada.

This will be Prof. C.R. Rao’s 33rd Honorary Doctorate. 18 Countries in 6 continents conferred on him Honorary Doctorates so far, informed Prof. Allam Appa Rao. Addressing the gathering Prof C.R. Rao highlighted the importance of Statistics. It touches in every human endeavour he said. Statistics can be useful in detecting fraunds such as Stamps Scams, Fake Notes he said.

Using statistics these scams and fake currency notes were unearthened in just ten days. Statistics can also be used to curtail black money, he added. Prof C.R.Rao is a Former Director of Indian Statistical Institute, Eberly Professor Emeritus orf Statistics and Director, Center for Multivariate Analysis Pennsylvania State University, USA. Prof Rao authored 14 books and 350 research papers.

He edited 30 handbooks on different areas of statistics. He was honoured by then President of America George Bush as a “Prophet of a Better Age” at the White House in 2002. Indian Government conferred on him The highest and most prestigious INDIA SCIENCE AWARD in recognition of his significant contributions to the field of statistical science that had profound influence on the Theory and Applications of Statistics, well recognized all over the world.

Prof Rao was decorated with Padma Vibushan, the second highest civilian award by the Government of India for “Outstanding Contributions to Science and Engineering Statistics”. He was also selected as one of the “Top Ten” Indian Scientists in all Fields in the year 1988. .

Last Updated on : 22-May-2013

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