Noted statistician C R Rao
conferred 37th honorary degree
fellow of the college “with the privilege of
walking on the grass lawns.”
Only a privileged few are allowed to walk
on the King’s College lawns.
Rao retired as director, Indian Statistical
Institute, in 1980 after 39 years of service.
He came to the US, as opportunities to continue research work in India after
retirement at 60 were denied, and
was accepted as professor at several
Rao is not happy at the state of
statistical studies in India.
“In the ’50s, when I was the direc-
tor of research and training at the
Indian Statistical Institute, about
half the working statisticians in the
world were Indians,” he said. “In
terms of research in statistics,
Indians made fundamental contri-
butions. Currently, no research in
statistics of publishable significance
in peer-reviewed journals is being
done by Indians working in India.”
“We want to develop research in
other areas of mathematics, statis-
tics and computer science,” he said.
The author of 14 books and 475
research papers, Rao has received
numerous prestigious awards
including a gold and silver Guy
Medal presented by the Royal
Statistical Society, the highest awards given
to statisticians in the United Kingdom; the
Samuel Wilks Medal of the American
Statistical Association, the highest award
given to a statistician in the US; and the
International Mahalanobis Prize for lifetime achievement in statistics.
He was the first non-European and non-American to receive the Guy Medal in Gold
from the Royal Statistical Society.
Accepting the State University of New York’s Honorary Doctorate in Science during
the commencement exercises of the
University at Buffalo, Dr
Calyampudi Radhakrishna Rao
said, ‘This is the 37th of the hon-
orary degrees I have received from
universities around the world and
the fifth from universities in the
United States during my long career
of over 70 years in statistics. The
current award, however, has some
special significance to me as it is
bestowed in 2013, which has been
declared as the International Year of
University at Buffalo President Dr
Satish K Tripathi read a citation that
said, ‘Rao is considered a world
leader in statistics whose achieve-
ments have had a profound impact
on a wide range of fields over the
past seven decades, among them
engineering, biostatistics, econom-
ics, genetics, medicine and anthro-
Rao is a recipient of the Padma
Vibhushan, India’s second-highest
While spending a part of every
year with family in Western New York,
Tripathi noted, Rao had developed a rela-
tionship with University at Buffalo faculty
‘He is a valued contributor to the university’s academic community through volunteer appointment at UB, interacting closely
with faculty and students, and sharing his
research expertise,’ Tripathi said.
Rao noted the transformational advances
C R Rao, second from left, with the honorary doctorate degree. University at Buffalo President Dr Satish K
Tripathi is on right.
in digital technology during the second half
of the 20th century.
‘The current scientific era,’ he said, ‘is
defined by its dependence on large
amounts of available data, termed as Big
Data, and data mining for information.
These are new challenges, which require
development of appropriate statistical
methodologies taking advantage of the
enormous increase in computing power.’
Rao is a member of the National
Academy of Sciences, the Indian National
Science Academy and the Royal Society.
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