Hans Rosling

Swedish statistician and co-founder of the Gapminder Foundation


Hans Rosling was a Swedish doctor, statistician, and academic. Rosling was the co-founder and director of the Gapminder Foundation, an organization that promotes the use and understanding of statistics to achieve sustainable global development. A product of Gapminder is Trendalyzer, a program that converts statistics into moving, interactive graphics. Rosling used this program to identify trends in areas such as global health and poverty. In 1993, Rosling helped co-found Médecines sans Frontières in Sweden. He also served as an adviser to the World Health Organization and UNICEF. Rosling has presented three BBC documentaries on statistics: “The Joy of Stats” (2010), “Don’t Panic: The Truth About Population” (2013) and “Don’t Panic: How to End Poverty in 15 Years” (2015).He was professor of international health at Karolinska Institutet in Stockholm and the author of “Global Health: An Introductory Textbook.” In 2012, he appeared as one of “Time’s 100 Most Influential People.” In recent years Rosling became an elected member of both the Swedish Academy of Engineering Sciences and the Swedish Academy of Sciences, received multiple honorary doctorates. He was also awarded the Royal Patron’s Medal from London’s Royal Geographical Society. During the Ebola outbreak of 2014, Rosling worked with the Liberian government on their emergency public health response. In February 2017, Mr. Rosling died at the age of 68 after a year-long battle with pancreatic cancer.

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