28 JUNE PROF PRASANTA CHANDRA MAHALANOBIS (1893 to 1972)
Born on 29 June 1893 in present-day Kolkata, Prof Prasanta Chandra Mahalanobis was a physicist, a statistician, and an outstanding planner. On the academic front, his contribution as the founder of the Indian Statistical Institute is hailed even today. He was one of the members of the first Planning Commission of free India and the architect of the Second Five Year Plan of India. Referred to as the ‘Father of Modern Statistics’, he is best remembered for the Mahalanobis Distance- a statistical measure, and his contribution in the large-scale Sample Survey of India. Mahalanobis received a number of awards and honours in India and abroad for his outstanding and fundamental contribution to Statistics and Planning. In 1968, he was awarded the Padma Vibhushan. He passed away on 28 June 1972.
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