Fathers of datavisualization: Hans Rosling

Born July 27, 1948 in Sweden, Hans Rosling is a statistician and a physician as well as one of the founders of the company Gapminder. Rosling studied statistics and medicine at Uppsala University in Sweden before attending St. Johns Medical College in Bangalore for public health.

In August of 1981 Rosling discovered the destructive disease, konzo, which causes paralysis in its victims. His investigations of the disease earned him his Ph.D. from Upsalla University. He continued working to fight the disease spending over twenty years analyzing its outbreak in Africa while supervising other Ph.D. candidates in the process. Rosling has also served as a health advisor to UNICEF and the World Health Organization.

Gapminder Foundation- a “non-profit venture promoting sustainable global development”- was started by Rosling with his son and daughter-in-law- in February, 2005. Gapminder achieves these goals by increasing knowledge of social and economic occurrences at a variety of levels through statistics About one year later, Gapminder released their Trendalyzer software- a huge advancement for data visualization. This software gives life to statistics creating an interactive bubble chart with five variables: an x and y axis, bubble size, bubble color and time. This software was acquired by Google in 2007 and served as the base for the Google gadget, motion chart.

Rosling has spoken multiple times at the “TED talks” often using Trendalyzer to showcase his presentations. He also has been called one of the 100 leading global thinkers and one of the 100 most creative people in the world. Furthermore, Rosling is a member of the Swedish Academy of Sciences and one of Time magazine’s 100 most influential people for 2012.

Here is a link to one of his TED talks and to additional information about Trendalyzer!

TED Talk: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fTznEIZRkLg

Trendalyzer: http://www.footprintnetwork.org/en/index.php/GFN/page/trendalyzer/

Steadfast for data,

The Captain