IMS member and Fellow Kanti Mardia has been made an Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE). A senior research professor at the University of Leeds, UK, Mardia is a distinguished Indian statistician who is known for his pioneering work on multivariate analysis, directional data, and statistical measures of shape. His book Multivariate Analysis is well known among statistics students. Mardia is the founder of the Royal Statistical Society’s Mardia Prize, awarded for interdisciplinary research. Among his many honors, Mardia received the Guy Medal in Silver by the RSS and the Wilks Memorial Award by the American Statistical Association. He was also awarded the IISA Lifetime Achievement Award in 2019.

Kanti Mardia was appointed Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) in the 2023 New Year Honours for services to statistical science.