Indiana University College of Arts and Sciences Distinguished Research Scholar and Professor Emeritus of Mathematics Madan L. Puri received one of the American Statistical Association’s most prestigious honors on Sunday: the Samuel S. Wilks Award. With this recognition, he becomes the sixth person in the world to have received the association’s two most distinguished awards, having been honored with the Gottfried E. Noether Senior Scholar Award in 2008.
Puri came to Indiana University as a professor in 1968. In 1997 he was ranked as the fourth most prolific author in the world in the report “Statistics on Statistics: Worldwide Performance Based on Journal Publications in the Period 1985-1995.” Among statisticians in universities that did not have separate departments of statistics, Puri ranked first in the “prolific” category.
Puri received the award in Boston during the largest annual gathering of statisticians in North America, the Aug. 2-7 Joint Statistics Meeting of the American Statistical Association and eight other institutes, societies and associations.
Puri is an elected fellow of the Royal Statistical Society, the Institute of Mathematical Statistics and the American Statistical Association; an elected member of the International Statistical Institute and the New York Academy of Sciences; and an Honorary Fellow of the International Indian Statistical Society.