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Prasanta Chandra MAHALANOBIS

Prasanta Chandra MAHALANOBIS, economist.


  • MAHALANOBIS, Prasanta Chandra was born in 1893 in Calcutta, India.

  • Education

    • Bachelor of Science (Physics) University Calcutta, 1912, Master of Arts University of Cambridge, Cambridge, United Kingdom, 1915. Honorary Doctor of Science Universities Sofia State, 1961, Delhi, 1964, Stockholm, 1965.


    • A notable statistician with a worldwide reputation as an expert on sampling methods, he became in his later years a leading spokesman of India’s strategy of development, writing and lecturing in both India and abroad in defence of Soviet-style central planning, emphasising investment goods at the expense of consumer goods. He was also one of the first in the postwar period to seize on Harrod-Domar models as the basis of development planning. Indian Education Service.

      1915-1948; Professor Physics, Principal, Presidency College, India, 1922-1945, 1945-1948. Lector Statistics, Calcutta University, 1917-1945. Meteorologist, Alipore Observatory, Calcutta, 1922-1926.

      Secretary, Director, State Adviser, Indian State Institute, Institution, Indian Government, Calcutta, 1931-1972, 1949-1972. Member, Indian Planning Commission, 1955-1967. Ed, Sankya: Indian J. Statistics, 1933-1972.

    Major achievements

    • Vice-President, International Biometric Society, 1947. President, Indian Science Congress, 1950. Honorary President, International State Institute, Institution, 1957;Chairman, United Nations Subcomm.

      State Sampling, 51; President, Indian National Science Academcy, 1957-1958. Devad Prasad Sarbahikam Gold Medal, Czechoslovak Academy Sciences, 1964. Durga Prasad Khaitan Memorial Gold Medal, Asiatic Society, 1968.
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    Died 1872
    (aged -20)