Calyampudi Radhakrishna Rao was an Indian Mathematician and Academician. He was born on 10th September 1920 at Hadagali in Karnataka. He did his M.A. degree in statistics from Calcutta University in Kolkata, West Bengal with a first class, first rank and a record of marks unbeaten till now. He worked in India at the Indian Statistical Institute for 40 years before he moved to USA and worked at the University of Pittsburgh and the Pennsylvania State University for another 25 years. He positions he held includes:
• Director of the ISI
• Jawaharlal Nehru Professor
• National Professor
• University Professor at the University of Pittsburgh
• Eberly Professor of Statistics and Director of the Center for Multivariate Analysis at Pennsylvania State University in USA
C. R. Rao had a profound influence on theory and applications of statistics and is among the world leaders in statistical science over the last six decades. Technical terms such as, Cramer-Rao inequality, Rao-Blackwellization, Rao’s Score Test, Fisher-Rao and Rao Theorems on second order efficiency of an estimator, Rao metric and distance, Analysis of Dispersion (MANOVA) and Canonical Variate analysis and G-inverse of matrices appear in all standard books on statistics.
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