Day 6

Remembering Hans Rosling: The pop-star statistician who used data to fight poverty

Legendary statistician and Gapminder founder Hans Rosling died this week. He was 68.
Swedish physician, statistician and Gapminder co-founder, Hans Rosling, delivering one of his many TED Talks. Rosling died of cancer on February 7, 2017. (Ted.com)
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If you want a sense of how charismatic Hans Rosling was, how about this? He rose to international fame talking about statistics and data.

Rosling died of cancer in Uppsala, Sweden on Tuesday. He was 68.

Rosling was a Swedish physician, educator and statistician, but the final years of his life were spent educating people about poverty and population growth, as part of the group Gapminder

Rosling co-founded Gapminder with the intent to change the popular perceptions about income and the world's poor. And he did it by presenting data with entertaining visuals, like giant blocks, and cartons of juice, and digital cartoons.