Hans Rosling had a way with numbers.

A health practitioner, teacher and statistician, he challenged millions of peoples’ preconceptions about basic issues like poverty and population growth. He did this not by giving standard power point lectures or showing endless graphs but by bringing the data to life with clever visualizations delivered with impeccable comic timing and an understated Swedish charm.

Rosling’s death from pancreatic cancer at the age of 68 is a sad loss to all of us who learned from him. No lesser figures than Bill and Melinda Gates have called him a hero of our time. He will be particularly missed given how strongly the current political zeitgeist seems to be moving away from everything Rosling stood for: factual accuracy and an evidence-based worldview.


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