Hans Rosling awarded Patron’s Medal

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  • Author: Statistics Views
  • Date: 14 August 2014
  • Copyright: Image appears courtesy of Wikipedia

Hans Rosling has been awarded the Royal Geographical Society (with the Institute of British Geographers)’s Patron’s Medal for the contributions his work has made to the understanding of the world through geographical data.

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Hans is a co-founder of Gapminder, a non-profit venture promoting sustainable global development and achievement of the United Nations Millennium Development Goals. Gapminder provides animated statistics and interactive graphics to aid in our understanding of how the world is changing. Judith Rees, President of the Royal Geographical Society, writes that Hans’ work ‘epitomises the encouragement and promotion of geographical science by a non-geographer’.

Gapminder has been utilised in schools in particular. Hans has worked with teachers in the UK and beyond, to showcase the potential that the programme has to engage both students and teachers on the subject of global development.

In his acceptance speech, Hans says ‘The Patron’s Medal is kindly awarded to me for my efforts to convey a fact-based world view. It is therefore most humbling to know that my impact remains very modest. Ignorance regarding basic global development trends is widespread as revealed by Gapminder’s web-based pilot-studies among the public in Sweden, Norway, the UK and USA.’

For more information please visit The Geographical Journal.

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