Population Association of America's honors Dr. Krishnan Namboodiri, former UNC Professor of Sociology and CPC Faculty Fellow

May 1, 2017

On Friday, April 28th, at its annual meeting in Chicago, the Population Association of America launched a tribute Dr. Krishnan Namboodiri, a UNC Professor of Sociology from 1966 until 1984. Namboodiri was affiliated with the Carolina Population Center from its beginning in 1966. In 1977, when the Faculty Fellow program was implemented, he became a CPC Faculty Fellow. Namboodiri died in 2015.

Excerpt: "In 1966, he accepted an Assistant Professor position at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in the Department of Sociology. For the next 15 years, he moved through the ranks to Professor and Department Chair, presiding over one of the promising periods in that great department's history for demography training and research...Dr. Namboodiri' s professional activities are numerous and broad ranging. He had an illustrious career as a statistician and a demographer. He was an architect of formal methods for demographic analysis. He made innovative applications of formal methods of demography and statistics to a wide range of social phenomena. In a series of papers, he proposed modifications to existing models of fertility to make them widely applicable in fertility research and theory building. He is a proponent of sequential theories of fertility decision making. He has written or edited 12 books."

Dr. Chirayath M. Suchindran organized the tribute to Namboodiri. Suchindran is a UNC Professor of Biostatistics and a CPC Faculty Fellow. The full list of those that PAA has honored is available here. The include S. Philip Morgan, Barbara Entwisle, Kathleen Mullan Harris, Ronald R. Rindfuss, and J. Richard Udry.

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