Hans Rosling


Hans Rosling is a professor of global health at Sweden's Karolinska Institute and the developer of powerful analytic software for depicting trends in global development. Rosling developed the breakthrough software through his nonprofit Gapminder, founded with his son and daughter-in-law. The free software, which can be loaded with any data, was purchased by Google in March 2007.

Rosling began his wide-ranging career as a physician, spending many years in rural Africa tracking a rare paralytic disease (which he named konzo) and discovering its cause: hunger and badly processed cassava. He cofounded Médecins sans Frontières (Doctors without Borders) Sweden, wrote a textbook on global health, and initiated key international research collaborations as a professor at the Karolinska Institute in Stockholm.

Focus: Aid, Development, Health, Poverty, Technology, Sweden, Africa, Europe

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Last Updated: May 15, 2012

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