Fremont: Penn State's C.R. Rao an Indian American, Emeritus Holder of the Eberly Family Chair in Statistics and one of the world's top statisticians, has been honored with the Royal Statistical Society's Guy Medal Award in Gold the highest award given to a statistician by the United Kingdom. The ceremony took place on 29 June. He has is recognized for his fundamental and innovative contributions to statistical theory and methodology.
Rao laid the foundation of modern statistics, with multifaceted distinctions as a mathematician, researcher, scientist, and teacher. His contributions to mathematics and to the theory and application of statistics during the last six decades have become part of graduate and postgraduate courses in statistics, econometrics, electrical engineering, and many other disciplines at most universities throughout the world.
Rao's other awards include 32 honorary doctoral degrees from universities in 18 countries on six continents. In addition, Rao was honored in 2010 with the India Science Award. In 2003, he received the first Mahalanobis International Award in Statistics from the International Statistical Institute and the Srinivasa Ramanujan Medal from the Indian National Science Academy. In 2002, he was honored by President George W. Bush with the National Medal of Science, the highest award given to an American scientist for lifetime achievement in fields of scientific research. In 1989, the American Statistical Association awarded him the Wilks Medal.