Google Doodle Celebrates the 125th Birthday of Indian Statistician and Scientist Prasanta Chandra Mahalanobis

Google Doodle Celebrates the 125th Birthday of Indian Statistician and Scientist Prasanta Chandra Mahalanobis. 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 made pioneering studies in anthropometry in India. He founded the Indian Statistical Institute, and contributed to the design of large-scale sample surveys.

Mahalanobis was born on 29 June 1893 in West Bengal.He was one of the members of the first Planning Commission of India.He also taught at Presidency College (Kolkata).He further laid the foundations of Indian statistical system through the National Sample Survey Office (NSSO) and the Central Statistical Organisation (CSO)

Mahalanobis, a man of diverse scientific interests combined other disciplines like anthropology, economics, physics to develop better approaches in the field of population studies, consumption and crop yields. Later on, he collaborated with both top economists and mathematicians from around the world.

He died on June 28, 1972, just a day ahead of his 79th birthday.