Prasanta Chandra Mahalanobis

Profession: Scientist


Father of Prasanta Chandra Mahalanobis

Prabodh Chandra Mahalanobis

Information about Prasanta Chandra Mahalanobis

He made pioneering studies in anthropometry in India  Mahalanobis received his early schooling at the Brahmo Boys School in Calcutta, graduating in 1908  Mahalanobis belonged to a family of Bengali landed gentry who lived in Bikrampur (now in Bangladesh)  Gurucharan was actively involved in social movements such as the Brahmo Samaj, acting as its Treasurer and President  Did Prasanta Chandra Mahalanobis smoke?: Not Known  Did Prasanta Chandra Mahalanobis drink alcohol?: Not Known  He founded the Indian Statistical Institute, and contributed to the design of large-scale sample surveys  Gurucharan was influenced by Debendranath Tagore (1817–1905), father of the Nobel Prize-winning poet, Rabindranath Tagore  For his contributions, Mahalanobis has been considered the father of modern statistics  He left for England in 1913 to join the University of London.  After missing a train, he stayed with a friend at King's College, Cambridge.  Prasanta Chandra Mahalanobis was an Indian Bengali scientist and applied statistician  His grandfather Gurucharan (1833–1916) moved to Calcutta in 1854 and built up a business, starting a chemist shop in 1860  He is best remembered for the Mahalanobis distance, a statistical measure, and for being one of the members of the first Planning Commission of free India  He joined the Presidency College, then affiliated with the University of Calcutta, where he was taught by teachers who included Jagadish Chandra Bose, and Prafulla Chandra Ray  He was impressed by King's College Chapel and his host's friend M. A. 


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