|Patron saint of stats.|
Hans Rosling, the beloved Swedish statistician and self-described “edutainer” who taught the world how to use numbers and data in thrilling ways, has died of pancreatic cancer. He was 68. Rosling’s passing on the morning of Feb. 7 was announced by his son and daughter-in-law on their website, GapMinder.
Millions of viewers learned about the Uppsala University professor through the 10 TED talks he has delivered on topics ranging from child mortality to population growth. In each one, Rosling displayed his knack for engaging audiences by presenting seemingly boring statistics in startling ways, using humor, animated graphics, and live stage props.