Sreenivasa Rao Jammalamadaka

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Sreenivasa Rao Jammalamadaka
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J. S. Rao

(1944-12-07) 7 December 1944 (age 74)
Munipalle, India
OccupationDistinguished Professor, University of California, Santa Barbara
Known forDirectional statistics, goodness of fit tests, spacings, large sample theory
AwardsHonorary Doctorate, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences[1]]
Outstanding Graduate Mentor Award
Academic background
Alma materIndian Statistical Institute, Kolkata
Doctoral advisorC. R. Rao
Academic work
DisciplineStatistics, Probability

Sreenivasa Rao Jammalamadaka, also known as J.S. Rao,[2] is a statistician specializing in directional statistics, Goodness of fit tests, Spacings, and aspects of large sample efficiencies and inference. He was born in Munipalle, Andhra Pradesh, India. He is a naturalized US citizen and now resides and works in Santa Barbara, California. He is known for his important contributions to circular statistics and to tests and estimation based on spacings.

Life and career[edit]

J.S. Rao was educated for a year at the YRS and VRN College in Chirala, followed by the Indian Statistical Institute, Kolkata (B. Stat.1964, M.Stat. 1965, and Ph.D. 1969), where he received education from such luminaries as P.C. Mahalanobis, C. R. Rao, J.B.S. Haldane, D. Basu, among others. He held academic positions at the Indiana University (Bloomington), University of Wisconsin (Madison), before settling at the University of California, Santa Barbara from 1976. He was instrumental in establishing the Department of Statistics and Applied Probability at the Univ of California, Santa Barbara, for which he served as its first Chairman. He now holds the position as a Distinguished Professor at the University of California, Santa Barbara.

J.S. Rao is the author of over 200 publications and has written 3 scholarly books and edited conference proceedings and other special volumes. He has guided 41 Ph.D. students thus far (see Math Genealogy). For his research guidance and mentoring activity at UCSB and worldwide, the University of California, SB recognized him with an Outstanding Graduate Mentor Award in 2017. His students and co-workers brought out a Festschrift in his honor in 2011.

J.S. Rao was elected a Member of the International Statistical Institute (1977), Fellow of the Institute of Mathematical Statistics (1990), Fellow of the Institute of Combinatorics and its Applications (1990), Fellow of the American Statistical Association (1993),[3] and an Honorary Fellow of the Indian Society for Probability and Statistics (2014). He received an Award for Academic Excellence from his compatriots, the Telugu Association of North America in 1997.

In 2012 he was awarded an Honorary Doctorate by the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences.



  1. ^ "Statistics Professor Receives Honorary Swedish Doctorate" (PDF). Daily Nexus. 17 October 2012. Retrieved 16 September 2018.
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  3. ^ ASA Fellows, accessed 2016-12-18.

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