June 19, 2012 — Nathan Eagle, Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH) adjunct assistant professor of epidemiology, is a recipient of the 2012 Global Economy Prize from Germany’s Kiel Institute for the World Economy. He was honored along with Nobel laureates Martti Ahtisaari, a former president of Finland, and economist Daniel Kahneman at a June 17, 2012 ceremony.
Eagle was honored for his work as a pioneer in the field of “reality mining,” which attempts to find patterns in large sets of data. In addition to his work at HSPH, Eagle also is cofounder and CEO of Jana, a company that developed technology that can target cellular telephone users, especially in developing countries, who are willing to participate in market research in return for free minutes on their phones. The data gathered can shed light on health behaviors and track the spread of disease.
Using Cell Phones for Public Health (HSPH News)
Mobilizing a Revolution: How Cellphones are Transforming Public Health (Harvard Public Health Review)