The Nurse Who Invented the Pie Chart

Turns out Florence Nightingale not only responsible for the professionalization of nurses, but she also invented the pie chart?

Nightingale had discovered that the majority of deaths in the Crimea were due to poor sanitation rather than casualties in battle. She wanted to persuade government of the need for better hygiene in hospitals.

She realised though that just looking at the numbers was unlikely to impress ministers. But once those numbers were translated into a picture – her Diagram of the Causes of Mortality in the Army in the East – the message could not be ignored.

That’s a doubleplusgood claim to fame.

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