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Rao Receives U.S. Army Wilks Award

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8 November 2000—Calyampudi R. Rao, Holder of the Eberly Family Chair in Statistics and director of the Center for Multivariate Analysis, has been honored with the U.S. Army Wilks Award, which consists of a medal and an honorarium.

The award was established in 1981 in memory of Samuel Wilks, whose fundamental contributions to statistics greatly influenced the use of statistics in Army operations, and is given to " a deserving individual who has made a substantial contribution to statistical methodology and application impacting the practice of statistics in the Army through their personal research in statistics or for their application of statistics in the solution of Army problems." Under grants from the Army Research Office, Rao and his collaborators at the Penn State Center for Multivariate Analysis have made valuable contributions in the areas of pattern recognition, signal processing, shape analysis, Kalman modeling in multi-target tracking, and construction of three-dimensional objects from flat pictures.

Rao has received numerous medals for his pioneering contributions to statistics, including the Wilks Medal from the American Statistical Association, the Guy Medal in Silver of the Royal Statistical Society of England, the Megnadh Saha Medal of the Indian National Science Academy, and the Mahalanobis Centenary Gold Medal of the Indian Science Congress. He also has received many awards, including the 2000 Emanuel and Carol Parzen Prize for Statistical Innovation. In addition, he has been honored by the Government of India as the namesake for a National Award to be presented to the country's outstanding young statisticians. He is a member of the National Academy of Sciences (USA), a Fellow of the Royal Society (England), and recipient of 23 honorary doctoral degrees from universities in 14 countries around the world.

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