TK offered erudition, decency, deep analytical thinking, and a cheerful and optimistic gaze at everything around him.
Even a decade ago the statistician was just a dour and faceless creature; an invisible “numbersmith” who never got the respect he deserved. All that’s soon going to change.
I was surprised to read that Professor Prasanta Chandra Mahalanobis, the founder of the Indian Statistical Institute, was also a sort of meteorologist. 40 years after he passed away and 120 years after he was born, the “Professor” still continues to surprise.
I don’t know of a better teacher of probability than D Basu, which is not such a surprise. But what is more worrying is that I don’t know of any good teachers of probability, apart from the few at ISI, IISc and elsewhere. I am almost certain that our high school or undergraduate students have never met a good probability teacher.
Living on the ISI campus was almost like living in a monastery