- Guggenheim Fellow (2000)
Rabindra N. Bhattacharya has worked in the fields of mathematics and statistics for more than 50 years. He received his Ph.D. in statistics from the University of Chicago in 1967 and took his first assistant professor position in statistics at the University of California, Berkeley from 1967 to 1972. His next position was as an associate professor in mathematics at the University of Arizona from 1972 to 1977 and then as a professor at the University of Arizona from 1977 to 1982. He began his tenure at IU as a professor of mathematics in the Department of Mathematics in the College of Arts and Sciences in 1982. He worked at IU until 2002, when he returned to the University of Arizona as a research scientist, professor of mathematics, and member of the BIO5 Institute faculty. He has been associated with the Graduate Interdisciplinary Program in Statistics (GIDP) since its establishment at the University of Arizona in 2002. Bhattacharya is internationally known for his work on asymptotic theories of probability and statistics with diverse applications in many areas of science and engineering. His recent work on statistics on shape spaces has important applications in morphometrics, medical imaging and diagnostics, and machine vision, in particular. This original work has inspired a large U.S. and international following. Bhattacharya has been invited to speak at international conferences and workshops, published nearly 100 research articles, and co-authored four research monographs and two graduate texts. He is a fellow of the Institute of Mathematical Statistics, member of the American Mathematical Society, and recipient of a Humboldt Prize (1995-1995) and a Guggenheim Fellowship in statistics (2000).