Indian Statistical Institute: Numbers and Beyond, 1931–47

Jayanta Ghosh, Pulakesh Maiti and Anil K. Bera*

This chapter is on the Indian Statistical Institute as it developed from its foundation in 1931 to 1947, when India became independent. It also focuses on Prasanta Chandra Mahalanobis, the founder of both the institute and statistical science in India. It was his vision of statistics as a key technology and a foundation for inductive sciences, as well as his intellectual and administrative leadership that helped the Institute grow into one of the leading centres of statistical research and training in the world. The history of the Institute is, therefore, inseparably linked with the life and work of Mahalanobis.

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