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Hans Rosling (born July 27, 1948[1] in Uppsala, Sweden) is Professor of International Health at Karolinska Institutet and Director of the Gapminder Foundation, which developed the Trendalyzer software system. From 1967 to 1974 he studied statistics and medicine at Uppsala University, and in 1972 he studied public health at St John's Medical College, Bangalore. He became a licenced physician in 1976 and from 1979 to 1981 he served as District Medical Officer in Nacala in northern Mozambique.



On 21 August 1981, Rosling discovered an outbreak of a formerly unknown paralytic disease and the investigations that followed earned him a Ph.D. degree at Uppsala University in 1986. He spent two decades studying outbreaks of this disease in remote rural areas across Africa and supervised more than ten Ph.D. students. His research group named the new disease konzo, the local designation by the first affected population. Outbreaks occur among hunger-stricken rural populations in Africa where a diet dominated by insufficiently processed cassava results in simultaneous malnutrition and high dietary cyanide intake.[2]

Other work

Rosling's research has also focused on other links between economic development, agriculture, poverty and health in Africa, Asia and Latin America. He has been health adviser to WHO, UNICEF and several aid agencies. In 1993 he was one of the initiators of Médecins sans frontières in Sweden. At Karolinska Institutet he was head of the Division of International Health (IHCAR) from 2001 to 2007. As chairman of Karolinska International Research and Training Committee (1998—2004) he started health research collaborations with universities in Asia, Africa, the Middle East and Latin America. He started new courses on Global Health and co-authored a textbook on Global Health that promotes a fact-based world view.


Rosling co-founded the Gapminder Foundation together with his son Ola Rosling and daughter-in-law Anna Rosling Rönnlund. Gapminder developed the Trendalyzer software that converts international statistics into moving, interactive and enjoyable graphics. The aim is to promote a fact-based world view through increased use and understanding of freely accessible public statistics. His lectures using Gapminder graphics to visualise world development have won awards by being humorous yet deadly serious. The interactive animations are freely available from the Foundation's website. In March 2007 Google acquired the Trendalyzer software with the intention to scale it up and make it freely available for public statistics. Google has since made available a Motion Chart Google Gadget.

Rosling is also a sword swallower, as demonstrated in the final moments of his second talk at the TED conference.[3]

He competed in the popular Swedish game show "På Spåret" in 2009.[4]

Selected works

  • Lindstrand A, Bergtröm S, Rosling H, Rubensson B, Stenson B, Tylleskär T (2006). GLOBAL HEALTH an introductory textbook Lund: Studentlitteratur ISBN 978-91-44-02198-0


  1. ^ "Hans Rosling: Asia's rise -- how and when". TED Conferences. November 2009. Retrieved 6 December 2009.  
  2. ^ Howlett, W. P.; G. R. Brubaker, N. Mlingi and H. Rosling (1990). "Konzo, an epidemic upper motor neuron disease studied in Tanzania". Brain (Oxford: Oxford University Press) 113 (1): 223-235. ISSN 1460-2156. Retrieved 6 December 2009.  
  3. ^ "Hans Rosling's new insights on poverty". TED Conferences. March 2007. Retrieved 6 December 2009.  
  4. ^ (Swedish) "Spelschema 2009 - På Spåret". (Swedish). Retrieved 9 January 2010.  

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