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Global Health, Development Community Remembers Hans Rosling, Dead At Age 68 Of Pancreatic Cancer

Foreign Policy: Hans Rosling, Who Dreamed of a ‘Fact-Based Worldview,’ Passes Away
“‘Having the data is not enough. I have to show it in ways people enjoy and understand.’ So said Hans Rosling, the Swedish physician, epidemiologist, and statistics expert who died on Tuesday at the age of 68 from pancreatic cancer. After roughly two decades studying hunger in Africa, he became a professor at the Karolinska Institute — a medically focused university in Sweden — and then the founder of data visualization site Gapminder. He was dedicated to bringing people facts in a way that seemed compelling and understandable to them…” (Tamkin, 2/7).

The Guardian: Hans Rosling, statistician and development champion, dies aged 68
“…A professor of international health at Sweden’s Karolinska Institute, Rosling liked to call himself an ‘edutainer.’ A talented presenter, whose signature animated data visualizations have featured in dozens of film clips, the statistician used humor and often unlikely objects such as children’s toys, cardboard boxes, and teacups to liven up data on wealth, inequality, and population…” (McVeigh, 2/8).

The Guardian: ‘A big-hearted optimist’: Hans Rosling tributes pour in on social media
“…David Nabarro, formerly the U.N.’s special envoy for Ebola and now among the final three contenders to lead the World Health Organization, liaised with Rosling in Monrovia when the statistician was working with the Liberian government on its emergency response to the disease in 2014. He recalled that Rosling ‘changed the way we all conceive of people’s health’…” (Nelson, 2/8).

Quartz: Hans Rosling: The Swedish physician who made statistics come alive has died
“…Once a licensed physician, Rosling studied the konzo epidemic in the Democratic Republic of Congo during his graduate studies. He has since made global health the focus of his work, and his foundation provides free tools to teachers and development professionals” (Quito, 2/7).

Washington Post: Remembering Hans Rosling, the visualization pioneer who made data dance
“…The loss of Rosling hurts especially in this moment, as politicians and media outlets wrestle over what’s fake and what’s real. Above all Rosling was an advocate for a ‘fact-based worldview,’ one which his family says they’ll carry on at the foundation he started…” (Ingraham, 2/8).

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