Monday, December 02, 2013
Hans Rosling: Statistics
Interview: Hans Rosling and the joy of statistics
The joy of facts and figures.
Hans Rosling tells Fiona Fleck why it’s easy to make health statistics interesting but difficult to persuade people to accept a fact-based view of the world.
Hans Rosling is a world-known public speaker on global health and demographic trends using innovative, animated software. He has been a professor of international health at the Karolinska Institute in Stockholm, Sweden, since 1997 and is chairman of the Gapminder Foundation, which he set up in 2007 with his son and daughter-in-law. They developed the
Trendalyzer software that converts time series data into interactive moving bubble-graphs. Rosling studied statistics and medicine at Uppsala University, Sweden from 1967 to 1974 and public health at St Johns Medical College in Bangalore, India in 1972. From 1979 to 1981 he served as district medical officer in northern Mozambique and in 1981, with his research team, identified a new paralytic disease and named it konzo. In 2010, his film The Joy of Stats won the Grierson Award for the best science documentary film.