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    25th Aug, 2023

C.R. Rao (1920-2023)

Mr. Calyampudi Radhakrishnan Rao, 102, among the world’s most eminent statisticians, and who spent nearly his entire professional career in India, died on 23 August in the United States.

About his achievements:

  • C.R. Rao is an Indian-born mathematician and statistician who has worked most of his life in America.
  • He graduated A. with First Class Honours in Mathematics from Andhra University in 1940.
  • His most significant result was obtained during this period is now called the Cramér-Rao inequality and gives a bound for the variance of an unbiased estimate of a parameter.
  • In 1972 he was appointed Director-Secretary of the Indian Statistical Institute.
  • He was named Jawaharlal Nehru Professor in 1976.

Prizes and Awards:

  • The S S Bhatnagar Prize of Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (1963),
  • The Guy Medal in Silver of the Royal Statistical Society (1965),
  • Awarded the title of Padma Bhushan by the Indian Government (1968),
  • The Jagdish Chandra Bose Gold Medal of the Bose Institute (1979),
  • The Silver Plate of the Andhra Pradesh Academy of Sciences (1984),
  • The Times of India listed Rao as one of the top 10 Indian scientists of all time (1988),
  • Awarded the Samuel S Wilks Memorial Award of the American Statistical Association (1989)

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