Professor Rao Memorial Fund

Professor B Bhaskara Rao Memorial Scholarship


Professor Bhaskara 'Bill' Rao was an academic of great distinction. Right up until his death on 30 August 2011, he was preparing papers and manuscripts, reviewing articles for journals and engaging in his greatest love, teaching.

Prof RaoProfessor Rao received his undergraduate education in India and then went to the London School of Economics to complete a Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Economics. Professor Rao joined the University of New South Wales in 1973 and completed a PhD there in 1980. In 2003 he accepted a Chair as Professor of Economics at the University of the South Pacific where he stayed until early 2008, when he joined the Western Sydney University.

Professor Rao was a prolific researcher in the fields of macroeconomics and time series econometrics, with collaborations all over the world and articles published in top ranking journals. In addition to seven books, Professor Rao had over 80 journal articles and many others under review when he passed away.

During his later years, Professor Rao was afflicted with Primary Cerebral Sclerosis. It affected him physically but not mentally. In fact, he was extremely prolific in these final years. Professor Rao's dogged determination and energy, despite his afflictions were a testament to his character and an inspiration for others.

In memory of Prof RaoTo say that Professor Rao influenced many is an understatement. He was much loved by his students and colleagues for his intelligence, application, innovation and patience.

Professor Rao made an outstanding contribution to the research profile the University. His mentoring of both staff and postgraduate research students was highly valued and immensely appreciated. He was a world-class academic, mentor, collaborator and researcher.

The Professor B Bhaskara Rao Memorial Scholarship is donated by Professor Rao's wife and son. The Scholarship seeks to encourage and inspire our students in their learning and understanding of economics, in memory of Professor Rao.