Hans Rosling, an economist who has pionereed amazing visualizations of human condition, was selected by Time magazine as one of 100 Most Influential People in the World.
citation in Time magazine
Hans Rosling trained in statistics and medicine and spent years on the front lines of public health in Africa. Yet his greatest impact has come from his stunning renderings of the numbers that characterize the human condition.
His 2006 TED talk, in which he animated statistics to tell the story of socio-economic development, has been viewed over 3.8 million times and translated into dozens of languages. His subsequent talks have moved millions of people worldwide to see themselves and our planet in new ways by showing how our actions affect our health and wealth and one another across space and time.
This particular Time 100 list makes an impression that the editors tried to select people who are less known to the public, even if they are less influential than their better-known colleagues, especially in the political area. But even in technology, it is hard to explain why they selected, for example, Sheryl Sandberg (Facebook COO) instead of Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook founder and CEO ? However, in case of Hans Rosling, I fully concur with their choice.
Here is a link to free GapMinder software developed by Hans Rosling.
Here is Hans Rosling 4-minutes talk:
200 Countries, 200 Years, 4 Minutes - The Joy of Stats for BBC: