Prasanta Chandra Mahalanobis

1893 - 1972

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Prasanta Chandra Mahalanobis OBE, FNA, FASc, FRS (29 June 1893 – 28 June 1972) was an Indian scientist and statistician from erstwhile Bengal (now West Bengal). 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. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Prasanta Chandra Mahalanobis has received more than 1,703,325 page views. His biography is available in 24 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 23 in 2019). Prasanta Chandra Mahalanobis is the 586th most popular physicist (down from 540th in 2019), the 453rd most popular biography from India (down from 348th in 2019) and the 8th most popular Indian Physicist.

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Among physicists, Prasanta Chandra Mahalanobis ranks 586 out of 721Before him are Alfred Landé, Carlo Alberto Castigliano, Ali Javan, Arthur Schuster, David Deutsch, and Frank Oppenheimer. After him are Abraham Alikhanov, Brian Greene, Edward Condon, Gerard K. O'Neill, Clyde Cowan, and Balthasar van der Pol.

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Among people born in 1893, Prasanta Chandra Mahalanobis ranks 176Before him are Marcel Minnaert, Kathryn Adams, Prince Friedrich Karl of Prussia, Ivor Novello, Christopher Kelk Ingold, and Harry Stenqvist. After him are Marguerite Broquedis, Enrique Peñaranda, Oskari Friman, Eduard Čech, Robert Harron, and Ina Claire. Among people deceased in 1972, Prasanta Chandra Mahalanobis ranks 154Before him are Kenny Dorham, Martim Mércio da Silveira, Walter Lang, Rainer von Fieandt, Ferde Grofé, and Brandon deWilde. After him are John Grierson, Carlo Agostoni, Balys Dvarionas, Reginald Owen, Jan Diddens, and Edward Calvin Kendall.

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Among people born in India, Prasanta Chandra Mahalanobis ranks 453 out of 1,227Before him are Palden Thondup Namgyal (1923), Jayalalithaa (1948), Ibn Warraq (1946), Sunny Deol (1956), Prince Vijaya (-543), and Waheeda Rehman (1938). After him are Girish Karnad (1938), Bhimsen Joshi (1922), Bhupen Hazarika (1926), Derek Prince (1915), Meira Kumar (1945), and Launceston Elliot (1874).


Among physicists born in India, Prasanta Chandra Mahalanobis ranks 8Before him are Satyendra Nath Bose (1894), Abdul Qadeer Khan (1936), Homi J. Bhabha (1909), Anna Mani (1918), Vikram Sarabhai (1919), and Jayant Narlikar (1938). After him are Tom Kibble (1932), Raja Ramanna (1925), Abhay Ashtekar (1949), Udupi Ramachandra Rao (1932), and Ashoke Sen (1956).