Calyampudi Radhakrishna Rao

Calyampudi Radhakrishna Rao, FRS known as C R Rao (born 10 September 1920) is an Indian-born, naturalised American, mathematician and statistician. He is currently professor emeritus at Penn State University and Research Professor at the University at Buffalo. Rao has been honoured by numerous colloquia, honorary degrees, and festschrifts and was awarded the US National Medal of Science in 2002. The American Statistical Association has described him as “a living legend whose work has influenced not just statistics, but has had far reaching implications for fields as varied as economics, genetics, anthropology, geology, national planning, demography, biometry, and medicine.” The Times of India listed Rao as one of the top 10 Indian scientists of all time. Rao is also a Senior Policy and Statistics advisor for the Indian Heart Association non-profit focused on raising South Asian cardiovascular disease awareness.


  • Mathematics and statistics


  • Indian Statistical Institute
  • Cambridge University
  • Penn State University
  • University at Buffalo


  • Padma Vibhushan
  • National Medal of Science (2001)
  • S. S. Bhatnagar Prize
  • Guy Medal (Silver 1965, Gold 2011)

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