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Febrero 02, 2017

The creator of Gapminder has died from pancreatic cancer

Hans Rosling, professor of International Health at Karolinska Institute in Stockholm and founder of the Gapminder Foundation, died this Tuesday.

María Isabel Magaña

María Isabel Magaña

@marisamagar

Hans Rosling, professor of International Health at Karolinska Institute in Stockholm and founder of the Gapminder Foundation, died this Tuesday.

Rosling became a public figure when he gave a TED Talk in which he promoted the use of data to explore development issues. This idea then developed into the Gapminder Foundation, that promotes sustainable global development and the achievement of the United Nations Millennium Development Goals by the increased use and understanding of statistics.

The Foundation developed the Trendalyzer software, an information visualization software for animation of statistics, which was acquired by Google in March 2006. The current version of Trendalyzer is “Gapminder World”, a web-service displaying time series of development statistics for all countries and many sub-national regions. Gapminder world uses "Google Motion Charts" to power its graphics.

 

The Foundation developed the Trendalyzer software, an information visualization software for animation of statistics, which was acquired by Google in March 2006. The current version of Trendalyzer is “Gapminder World”, a web-service displaying time series of development statistics for all countries and many sub-national regions. Gapminder world uses "Google Motion Charts" to power its graphics.

Rosling had been fighting pancreatic cancer since 2016. He had been treated during the year, but a few days ago his condition deteriorated. Nonetheless, since Autumn he was working full-time from bed and wrote a book on "factfulness".

Family, friends, and colleagues have expressed their sadness and recognized Rosling’s contributions to public health and public education.

“His educational lectures were groundbreaking, both in the ability to bring new knowledge and to fracture the hole on the old prejudices about the state of health in the world. I can only hope that many more will follow in his footsteps”, sustains the Karolinska Institute's Acting President Karin Dahlman-Wright said in a statement on the Institute's website.

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María Isabel Magaña

María Isabel Magaña

@marisamagar

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