Dr. C R Rao

Born: September 10, 1920 (age 95), Hoovina Hadagali

Calyampudi Radhakrishna Rao, FRS known as C R Rao is an Indian-born, naturalized American, mathematician and statistician. He is currently professor emeritus at Penn State University and Research Professor at the University at Buffalo.


Doctoral advisor: Ronald Fisher

Notable students: S. R. Srinivasa Varadhan, S. B. Rao, K. R. Parthasarathy, Radha Laha

Education: University of Cambridge, King's College, Cambridge, Andhra University, University of Calcutta

Awards and Medals

Sardar Patel Lifetime Achievement Award (Sardar Ratna) of the Sardar Patel Foundation India (2015)

Guy Medal in Gold (2011) of the Royal Statistical Society[6]

India Science Award 2010 (the highest award in a scientific field presented by government of India)[7]

International Mahalanobis Prize (2003) of the International Statistical Institute[8]

Srinivasa Ramanujan Medal (2003) of the Indian National Science Academy

President George W. Bush, on June 12, 2002, honoured him with the National Medal of Science, the highest award in U.S. in the scientific field, as a "prophet of new age" with the citation, "for his pioneering contributions to the foundations of statistical theory and multivariate statistical methodology and their applications, enriching the physical, biological, mathematical, economic and engineering sciences."

Padma Vibhushan (2001) by the Government of India[9]

Mahalanobis Centenary Gold Medal (1993?) of the Indian Science Congress

Wilks Memorial Award (1989) of the American Statistical Association

Padma Bhushan (1968)[9]

Megnadh Saha Medal (1969) of the Indian National Science Academy

Guy Medal in Silver (1965) of the Royal Statistical Society

S. S. Bhatnagar Award (1963) of Council of Scientific and Industrial Research

JC Bose Gold Medal of the Bose Institute

Gold Medal of the University of Calcutta

He was also awarded an honorary Doctor of Science by the University of Calcutta in 2003.

Also honorary doctorates from a number of universities and institutes around the world.