C.R.Rao Advanced Institute of Mathematics, Statistics and Computer Science (AIMSCS)

University of Hyderabad Campus, Gachibowli, Telangana – 500 046

We study physics to solve problems in physics, chemistry to solve problems in chemistry, and botany to solve problems in botany. There are no statistical problems that we solve using statistics. We use statistics to provide a course of action with minimum risk in all areas of human endeavor under available evidence. --- C.R. Rao


  • Prof. C.R Rao was awarded 39 honorary doctorate degrees from universities across 19 countries & six continents.
  • Asia-3 countries: India 14 degrees, Philippines 1 degree, Sri Lanka 1 degree
  • Europe-10 countries: Russia, Greece, Poland, Spain, Cyprus, Germany, Finland, Portugal, Slovakia, Switzerland, 11degrees
  • North America-2 countries: USA, 6 degrees, and Canada, 2 degrees
  • South America-2 countries: Brazil, 1 degree and Peru, 1 degree
  • Australia, 1 degree
  • Africa, 1 degree


Santhi Swarup Bhatnagar Award, Council of Scientific and Industrial Research, India, for “notable and outstanding research in statistics” from Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru - 1963


Padma Vibhushan, second highest civilian award, from the Government of India for “outstanding contributions to Science and Engineering/Statistics”- 2001

President George W. Bush, on 12 June 2002, honoured him with the National Medal of Science, the highest award in US in the scientific field, as a "prophet of new age" with the citation, "for his pioneering contributions to the foundations of statistical theory and multivariate statistical methodology and their applications, enriching the physical, biological, mathematical, economic and engineering sciences."


India Science Award, “for major contributions of a path-breaking nature based on work done in India” from Prime Minister Manmohan Singh - 2009

Mahalanobis Prize, awarded by International Statistical Institute at the 54th Session held in Berlin for “lifetime achievement” - 2003


Guy Medal in Gold of the Royal Statistical Society, UK "for those who are judged to have merited a significant mark of distinction by reason of their innovative contribution to theory or application of statistics" from the president of the Royal Statistical Society - 2011

He was inducted into the Hall of Fame of the National Institution for Quality and Reliability, Chennai Branch, for his contributions to industrial statistics and for the promotion of quality control programs in Indian industries.

International conferences were held in USA, India, Canada and Switzerland and special issues of the prestigious journals like Statistical Planning and Inference, Linear Algebra and its Applications, Sankhya and several festschrift volumes were published in his honor.


He has been the president of all prestigious statistical associations, the International Statistical Institute, Institute of Mathematical Statistics, USA and the International Biometric Society.


Prof.Rao received numerous prestigious awards in India, USA, and UK

  1. Shanti Swarup Bhatnagar award, a prestigious award for a scientist in India, 1963
  2. Wilks Medal, the highest award for a statistician in USA, 1989
  3. Mahalanobis Birth Centenary Medal, 1996
  4. S.S. Wilks Medal, 2000
  5. National Medal of Science awarded by the President of USA,2002.
  6. International Mahalanobis prize, 2003
  7. India Science Award (Gold Medal), India, 2009.
  8. Guy Medal in Gold awarded by the president of Royal Statistical Society, the highest award given to a statistician in UK, 2011: C.R. Rao is first non-European and non-American to receive the award.
  9. Neyman Medal from the Polish Statistical Society, 2014 for outstanding contributions to statistics
  10. Padma Bhushan (1968)
  11. MegnadSaha Medal, 1969,
  12. Honorary Fellowship of Kings College, Cambridge, 1975
  13. Jagadish Chandra Bose Medal of Bose Institute, 1979
  14. Ramanujan Medal from Indian National Science Accademy, 2003
  15. Gold Medal from Calcutta University, 1943
  16. Fellow of Royal Society (FRS) UK, 1967
  17. Fellow of National Academy of Science, USA, 1995
  18. Fellow of Third World Academy of Science, 1983
  19. Fellow of Lithuanian Academy of Science, 1997
  20. Member of Prometheous Society, 1996
  21. Fellow of European Academy of Science, 2009
  22. Sardar Patel Lifetime Achievement Award, 2015
  23. Fellow of Indian National Science Academy
  24. The Institute of Combinatorial Mathematics and its Applications elected C.R. Rao as an Honorary Member with the citation: “as the world’s leading expert in statistical design theory.”
  25. “The Department of Statistics and Programme Implementation (DOS&PI) of India instituted a National Award in honour of C.R. Rao, the renowned statistician of the country. The award given once in two years carries an amount of one lakh rupees and is reserved for young statisticians for the work done during the preceding three years in any field of statistics.”
  26. 2022 IEEE Honorary Membership, elected by the Board of Directors of IEEE from among outstanding individuals (non-members of IEEE)