Kantilal Mardia

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Kanti V. Mardia
Kanti V. Mardia, 24 April 2008, Copenhagen.
Born (1935-04-03) April 3, 1935 (age 87)
Fields Statistics
Institutions University of Leeds
Education PhD (1965) from University of Rajasthan, PhD (1967) and DSc (1973) from University of Newcastle Upon Tyne
Alma mater Ismail Yusuf College, University of Bombay, University of Poona, University of Rajasthan, University of Newcastle Upon Tyne
Known for directional statistics, shape analysis, multivariate analysis, geostatistics, bioinformatics
Notable awards Guy Medal (Silver, 2003) Wilks Memorial Award ( 2013)

Kantilal Vardichand ("Kanti") Mardia, MSc, PhD, DSc, (born 1935) is a statistician specializing in directional statistics, multivariate analysis, geostatistics, statistical bioinformatics and statistical shape analysis.[1] He was born in Sirohi, Rajasthan, India in a Jain family and now resides and works in Leeds. He is known for his series of tests of multivariate normality based measures of multivariate skewness and kurtosis[2][3] as well as work on the statistical measures of shape.[4]

Life and career

Mardia was educated at the Ismail Yusuf College at the University of Bombay (BSc 1955, MSc in Statistics 1957), the University of Poona (MSc in Pure Mathematics 1961), the University of Rajasthan (PhD 1965) and the University of Newcastle Upon Tyne (PhD 1967, DSc 1973).[5][6] He held academic positions at the Institute of Science, Mumbai and the University of Hull.

Mardia was appointed Professor of Applied Statistics and Head of the Department of Statistics in the School of Mathematics at the University of Leeds in 1973. He retired in 2000 with the title Emeritus Professor and is currently Senior Research Professor of Applied Statistics at Leeds.[7][8] He is also a long term Visiting Professor at the University of Oxford from March 2013.

He was instrumental in founding the Centre of Medical Imaging Research (CoMIR) in the University of Leeds where he held the position of joint director. He was the driving force behind the exchange programs between Leeds and other scholarly centres such as the University of Granada, Spain, and the Indian Statistical Institute, Calcutta. He has written several scholarly books and edited conference proceedings and other special volumes.

In 1973, Mardia founded the University of Leeds Annual Statistics Research Workshops (LASR) which have run for most years and he has edited all the proceedings. These workshops attract an international audience and focus on applied statistical topics especially those involving shape and images, and more recently, bioinformatics. Due to his initiative and efforts, the Centre of Statistical Bioinformatics (CoSB), Leeds, has been recently established. Mardia is the centre's Adjunct Director.

In 2003 he was awarded the Guy Medal in Silver by the Royal Statistical Society.[9]

In 2013 he was awarded the Wilks Memorial Award by the American Statistical Association. [10]

He is a practicing Jain and is strict vegetarian.[citation needed] His book The Scientific Foundations of Jainism[1] is already a classic introducing Four Nobles Truths of Jains. He is the Founding and Current Chairman of the Yorkshire Jain Foundation .


  • Multivariate Analysis (coauthored with John T. Kent and John Bibby)
  • Statistics of Directional Data (second edition coauthored with Peter Jupp)
  • Statistical Shape Analysis (coauthored with Ian Dryden)
  • Bayesian methods in structural bioinformatics, (co-edited with Thomas Hamelryck and Jesper Ferkinghoff-Borg)


  1. * Nitis Mukhopadhyay (2002). "A Conversation with Kanti Mardia". Statistical Science. 17 (1): 113–148. doi:10.1214/ss/1023799001.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  2. L. Baringhaus and N. Henze (1992) Limit Distributions for Mardia's Measure of Multivariate Skewness. The Annals of Statistics 20(4):1889–1902
  3. Mardia, K. V. (1970). Measures of multivariate skewness and kurtosis. Biometrika 57:519–530
  4. Mardia KV and IL Dryden (1989). "The statistical analysis of shape data". Biometrika. 76 (2): 271–281. doi:10.1093/biomet/76.2.271.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  5. University of Leeds, List of Prof Mardia's degrees
  6. Kantilal Mardia at the Mathematics Genealogy Project
  7. University of Leeds, List of Emeritus Professors
  8. University of Leeds, Staff Profile
  9. "Guy Medal in Silver". Royal Statistical Society. Retrieved 22 January 2008.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  10. "Wilks Memorial Award". American Statistical Association. Retrieved 3 March 2014.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>

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