The University is deeply saddened at the sudden demise of Prof. C.R. Rao, a world renowned Indian-American Mathematician and statistician and a Nobel Laureate.

Prof. C.R. Rao served in the Indian Statistical Institute (ISI), Cambridge University, Pittsburgh University and is currently Professor Emeritus at the Pennsylvania State University and a Research Professor at the University of Buffalo, USA. He was honoured with Padma Bhushan (1968) and was also awarded with the highest civilian award in the country, Padma Vibhushan (2001) by the Govt. of India. The C.R. Rao Advanced Institute of Mathematics and Statistics and Computer Science (AIMSCS) in the University campus was named after him.

At the age of 62, he became a Professor of Statistics at the University of Pittsburgh and at the age of 70, he became the Head of the Department at the University of Pennsylvania. He was awarded National Medal for Science at the age of 82, a White House honor. He received the International Prize in Statistics, considered equivalent to Nobel in the field, at the age of 102.

We hope the family, students and colleagues of Prof. C.R. Rao find the strength to bear this grievous loss. We extend our condolences and our support to them at this time.

We mourn today the loss of a distinguished Professor and the entire UoH community joins in praying that his soul rests in peace.