Martin Krzywinski, Staff Scientist, Canada's Michael Smith Genome Sciences Center
Martin Krzywinski is renowned for his pioneering work in bioinformatics and data visualization. In 2005 he created a software tool called Circos to display massive genomic data sets in a way that both revealed their inner structure and was visually stunning. The distinctive circular graph has since been adopted in many fields, appearing in numerous magazines and journals, including cover images for both Science and Nature. More recently, he introduced a new graphic known as a hive plot for visualizing network relationships. Krzywinski’s work has not only set a new standard for the visual presentation of scientific results, it has established design as an integral tool in the research process itself. He believes that scientists have a duty to communicate clearly and connect emotionally with their audience, sparking imagination and enthusiasm for the pursuit of understanding.