In Memoriam: Professor Hans Rosling (1948-2017)


Dr. Hans Rosling, global development champion and data visionary, passed away on Tuesday, February 7, surrounded by his family.

Dr. Rosling brought statistics to life allowing an understanding of development issues in an innovative and captivating way.  He spent over 20 years studying konzo, an epidemic paralytic disease, and mentoring research students in Africa.  He further dedicated his career to studying the links between economic development, agriculture, poverty and health; he was a valued advisor to WHO, UNICEF, and many global development agencies. At the time of his death Dr. Rosling was a professor of International Health at the Karolinska Institutet and served as Professor and Edutainer at Gapminder an organization he co-founded. Gapminder is a Swedish foundation that produces free teaching resources making the world understandable based on reliable statistics. His career was inspiring to millions through his presentations and TED talks.

“Not only was Dr. Rosling’s work and vision of ‘data for action’ transfixing and transformative, but he was a charming and engaging person,” remarked Dr. Kate O’Brien, IVAC’s Executive Director. “You could not help but be mesmerized by his work, his vision and his passion for making data, statistics, and evidence dance before you.”

IVAC joins colleagues, friends, and the family of Dr. Hans Rosling in celebrating his life and mourning his passing.

To read more about Dr. Rosling and his career, please visit Gapminder.