Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Hunks of Statistics: Hans Rosling

In celebration of February (a little early) and Valentine's Day, I thought I would share with the world some of the fine men of statistics. The first of four is Hans Rosling.

Hans is a Swedish physician. He love public health, especially public health in the developing world. He loves sharing of data as to help stakeholders make informed policy decisions about public health. He has been featured in several TED talks. He made a documentary about the Joy of Stats. As part of this cause, he has created the Gapminder website. This isn't just data, though. It allows you to make beautiful visualizations of various data points from different nations. I use this in class and the Gapminder website actually has several lessons you can borrow for your own classes.

So, basically, he champions for the poor. He makes people care about statistics. And he created Gapminder, which is a fantastic resource for teaching statistics, psych. of gender, multicultural psychology, etc. Lastly, he is a sword swallower. What?