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C.R. Rao

Facts for Prelims (FFP)


Source: TH

 Context: Renowned statistician Calyampudi Radhakrishnan Rao, known as C.R. Rao, has passed away at the age of 102. He was among the world’s most eminent statisticians and spent a significant part of his career in India.

Rao was instrumental in pioneering fundamental statistical concepts like the Cramer–Rao inequality and Rao–Blackwellization, which are widely taught in statistics and econometrics.

He played a key role in developing statistical education and research in India, serving on various government committees and contributing to the field’s growth. He received numerous awards, including India’s Padma Bhushan and Padma Vibhushan.

He served as chairman of the Committee on Statistics and Demographic and Communication for Population Control.


His famous book is “Statistics and Truth: Putting Chance to Work”

Ethical values: C.R. Rao’s life embodied ethical values such as dedication to education, professionalism, pioneering statistical concepts, and contributing to society through his work in statistics