Dr Hans Rosling to receive prestigious award from Harvard University


  • Date: 11 October 2012

Harvard University has announced that world-renowned medical statistician and doctor Hans Rosling will be awarded their Foundation's Peter J. Gomes Humanitarian Award.

The ceremony is due to take place at 6pm on 24th October 2012 at Winthrop House where Rosling will speak to 200 undergraduate students and faculty. The following day, he will be giving the Pickard Lecture for the University's Department of Statistics at 12pm in Payne Hall.

“The students and faculty of the Harvard Foundation are pleased to present the Peter J. Gomes Humanitarian Award to Dr. Hans Rosling for his outstanding work in analyzing global health care disparities and promoting humane medical equity,” said S. Allen Counter, director of the Harvard Foundation. “His superb example as an international physician, master statistician, teacher, and advocate for the improvement of international health care is inspirational.”

The Peter J. Gomes Humanitarian Award was created and named in honour of the Reverend Professor Peter J. Gomes, Pusey Minister in the Memorial Church and Plummer Professor of Christian Morals. He and a former President of Harvard, Derek C. Bok created the Harvard Foundation. The Foundation presents the Humanitarian Award on an annual basis to an individual 'whose philanthropic works and deeds have served to improve the quality of people’s lives and have inspired people to greater heights.'

Hans Rosling also presented the award-winning BBC Four documentary 'The Joy of Stats' and an interview with his co-presenter Professor David Spigelhalter will be posted on Statistics Views later this month.

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