C. R. Rao Biography

Calyampudi Radhakrishna Rao is the one of the brightest stars in the Indian sky of Statistics and Mathematics. An exceptional academician, he is a dedicated soul in the development of Statistics and his works earned him the honor of Padma Bhusan.

C. R. Rao was born on 10th September, 1920 at Hadagali in Karnataka. His family moved to Vishakapatnam in Andhra Pradesh. He received his master’s degree in mathematics from Mrs. A. V. N College there.

He ranked first in the examination. He then went to Calcutta in search of a job. He didn’t get the job but a chanced visit to the Indian Statistical Institute (ISI) changed his life.

He joined the M. A Statistics programme of the Calcutta University and passed the exam with gold medal. Soon, he joined ISI as a technical apprentice, teaching and researching at the same time. In 1946, he went to the Cambridge University to work on a project and completed his Ph. D. under R. A. Fisher. Considering Statistics as a human science, some of the works of Rao became well talked about around the world.

He caught the attention of the world with his ‘Theory of estimation’. He returned in India and joined as a professor at ISI. He emphasized on the training section of the ISI and also took the responsibility as the assistant editor of Sankhya- the Indian Journal of Statistics.

He left ISI in 1978 to join University of Pittsburgh but came back and retired as the director of ISI. After his retirement, he moved to Pennsylvania State University and he is carrying on as a professor there.

He has received 29 honorary doctoral degrees from various Universities around the world.
He has received many recognition including the Padma Bhusan and Fellow of the Royal Society, UK.