It is with great sadness that we learned of the passing of our dear friend and colleague, Hans Rosling.
A medical doctor, epidemiologist and academic, Hans Rosling became a popular educator (a self-described “edutainer”) who used facts and figures to educate the world about global health, population growth, poverty reduction, and trends in human development. He debunked myths, condensed complex realities into simple truths, joyfully transforming statistics into a compelling, fact-based world view. Above all, he was passionate about people and their well-being and always placed them at the center of development.
We at the Population Division are deeply indebted to Hans Rosling. He advanced and promoted our work and was a dear friend of the Division. His wisdom and passion inspired us in the past and will continue to do so.
Our thoughts are with his family and many friends, and with his colleagues at Gapminder.
For more on the life and work of Hans Rosling, please see: