A medical doctor, academic, and former professor at Stockholm's Karolinska Institute, on the international stage Rosling is best known for his ability to make numbers and facts entertaining, with his TED talks and lectures registering millions of views on Youtube and turning him into a sought-after public speaker in recent years.
“A great friend, educator and true inspiration for our work. Melinda and I are saddened by the loss of Hans Rosling,” Microsoft founder Bill Gates wrote on Tuesday.
A great friend, educator and true inspiration for our work. Melinda and I are saddened by the loss of Hans Rosling: https://t.co/qZ0bH8PKoC
— Bill Gates (@BillGates) February 7, 2017
“Hans Rosling was a good friend and a brilliant teacher. He managed to give life to facts and helped people to see the progress we often overlook. We are deeply saddened by the loss,” Gates later expanded in a statement given to Swedish news agency TT.
TED owner Chris Anderson said he was “heartbroken” at the news of the Swede's passing. Rosling’s TED talk “The best stats you’ve ever seen” has been watched over two million times on Youtube.
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I am deeply saddened by the news of the passing of my friend, @HansRosling. Few Swedes had an impact such as his. https://t.co/oCYCjwyxoj
— Daniel Ek (@eldsjal) February 7, 2017
Very sad news. Hans Rosling's work will continue to inform & inspire. My sympathies & prayers are with his family https://t.co/EDrvMFsMpJ
— Chelsea Clinton (@ChelseaClinton) February 7, 2017
Sweden's Prime Minister Stefan Löfven lamented “a great loss for Sweden and the world”.
“He made statistics entertaining. Hans Rosling was ignorance's worst enemy, and the biggest proponent of hope,” he told newspaper Aftonbladet.
Sweden's Foreign Minister Margot Wallström called Rosling a “clear, educational, and important voice who made us better understand our world”.
En klar, pedagogisk och viktig röst som fick oss att bättre förstå vår omvärld har gått ur tiden. Hans Rosling kommer att saknas oss.
— Margot Wallström (@margotwallstrom) February 7, 2017
Former Swedish PM Carl Bildt also paid tribute to the stats whizz.
In a time of doubt and pessimism, Hans Rosling made human progress across our world come alive for millions. https://t.co/NYlfWzrgxh
— Carl Bildt (@carlbildt) 7 February 2017