Dr Karl Kruszelnicki is many things, but is best known as an author and science commentator on Australian radio and television.
Often referred to as Dr Karl his media career began in 1981, when he started presenting ‘Great Moments In Science ‘ on Double J to pay his way through medical school. Since then, his media career has exploded from radio to include TV, books, newspapers, magazines, scripting, professional speaking, and of course, the Net. Karl made his TV debut in 1985 as the presenter of the first series of Quantum. Since 1986 he has reported science on the Midday Show, Good Morning Australia (including a full-time stint in 1991-2 as the TV Weatherman and science reporter), the Today Show and Channel 7’s breakfast program Sunrise. Alongside his fellow geek Adam Spencer, he has written and co-produced two series of Sleek Geeks for ABC TV. Karl also popularises science on ABC radio stations across Australia and, on the BBC, for several hours each week.
Dr Karl has degrees in Physics and Maths, Biomedical Engineering, Medicine and Surgery has also studied astrophysics, computer science, and philosophy. He has worked as a physicist, tutor, film-maker, car mechanic, labourer, roadie for bands, hospital scientific officer, biomedical engineer, TV weatherman, taxi driver, and doctor. Dr Karl is the Julius Sumner Miller Fellow in the Science Foundation for Physics at the School of Physics, University of Sydney.
In 2012, Asteroid 18412 was named in Dr Karl’s honour and in the same year he was also named a National Living Treasure by the National Trust of Australia (NSW). He is the author of 34 popular science books, with No. 35 & 36 on the way.
Dr Karl’s enthusiasm for science is totally infectious and no one is better able to convey the excitement and wonder of it all than Dr Karl Kruszelnicki!