Hans Rosling, one of the most enlightening science communicators, passed away last week.
It was his first Ted talk that thrust renowned Swedish academic Hans Rosling into the international spotlight in 2006, billed as the man in whose hands data sings. Since then, the statistician more likely to illustrate an idea with a few multi-coloured lego bricks than a PowerPoint has been described as everything from a data guru to a Jedi master of data visualisation.
He died on Tuesday, aged 68, after a year-long illness, surrounded by his family in Uppsala, Sweden.
I think Hans’ best talk was his magic washing machine talk, it perfectly sums up the difficulty (but necessity) of balancing development and environmentalism.
It really is worthwhile to watch the rest of his TED talks.