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Prasanta Chandra Mahalanobis

Scientist and Statistician Prasanta Chandra Mahalanobis

Profession: Scientist and Statistician


Biography: Prasanta Chandra Mahalanobis was a pioneering Indian statistician. Originally a professor of Physics, he became more interested in statistics and is possibilities. In 1931 he founded the Indian Statistical Institute with colleagues.

Mahalanobis developed the Mahalanobis distance, a method of comparing two data sets, He also went on to apply statistical methods to large-scale surveys and to apply them to national projects aimed at improving the Indian economy, encouraging the establishment of heavy industry.

Mahalanobis was a member of the Planning Commission of India 1955-67. His mathematical account of the Indian economy was known as the Mahalanobis Model.

Born: June 29, 1893
Birthplace: Kolkata, West Bengal, British India

Generation: Lost Generation
Star Sign: Cancer

Died: June 28, 1972 (aged 78)

Historical Events

  • 1931-12-17 First meeting of the Indian Statistical Institute organized by Prasanta Chandra Mahalanobis in Calcutta

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