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Anil Kumar Gain

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Anil Kumar Gain

Born: 1 February 1919

Died:  7 February 1978

  • He was an Indian mathematician and statistician best known for his works on the Pearson product-moment correlation coefficient in the field of applied statistics, with his colleague Ronald Fisher.
  • He received his Ph.D. from the University of Cambridge under the supervision of Henry Ellis Daniels, who was the then President of the Royal Statistical Society.
  • He was honoured as a Fellow of the Royal Statistical Society and the Cambridge Philosophical Society.
  • He was the president of the statistics section of the Indian Science Congress Association, as well as the head of the Department of Mathematics at the Indian Institute of Technology Kharagpur.
  • He later went on to found Vidyasagar University, naming it after the famous social reformer of the Bengali Renaissance, Ishwar Chandra Vidyasagar.
  • Due to his efforts to revolutionise education in Bengal, he became a key figure in the latter half of the Bengali Renaissance, as well as a renowned scholar and academic.
  • In 2012, Vidyasagar University announced the establishment of the Anil Kumar Gain Memorial Lecture, in honour of his contributions to the university, and to Bengal as a whole.
  • On 1st February 2019, Dr.Abhijit Guha, Former Professor of Anthropology, Vidyasagar University delivered the Anil Gayen Birth Centenary Memorial Lecture.
  • He died a week after his birthday, on 7 February 1978, of natural causes at his residence in Kolkata, India.
  • His descendants still live in Kolkata, as well as abroad.

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