Hans Rosling: An Appreciation


Hans Rosling passed away this week.

I've been working with data since I was in high school, but had never been excited about that fact until 2006. In the early days of video podcasts, I was a subscriber to TED Talks and watched Hans Rosling give his famous talk. It was like nothing I've ever seen. From the article:

That TED video has been watched over 11 million times. Eleven. million. times. A video of a geeky old professor talking about public health numbers!

I remember being blown away—Rosling had an amazing talent for both building brilliant visualizations and telling engaging stories with them. If you've never seen the video, take a moment to watch it. The article is an excellent summary of Rosling's impact.

We'll miss you.


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