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Dr Karl

A favourite in Australian science
A master of all trades, Dr Karl Kruszelnicki is a qualified scientist, doctor and engineer whose fun-loving personality led him to become a well-known author and science communicator.
Dr Karl

Karl Kruszelnicki used to be a “proper pukka scientist, engineer and doctor”, but is currently an author and science commentator on radio and TV. He is the Julius Sumner Miller Fellow at the University of Sydney.

He has worked as a physicist, labourer, roadie for bands, car mechanic, filmmaker, biomedical engineer (when he designed and built a machine to pick up electrical signals from the human retina), TV weatherman, and medical doctor at The Children’s Hospital in Sydney.

Dr Karl has won a number of prestigious and unique awards throughout his career. In August 2000 he was one of the first eight Australian Apple Masters to be announced (there are fewer than 100 in the entire world). The Apple Masters Program celebrates the achievements of people who are changing the world through their passion and vision, while inspiring new approaches to creative thinking.

In 2002, Dr Karl was honoured with the prestigious Ig Nobel prize awarded by Harvard University in the USA for his ground-breaking research into Belly Button Lint and why it is almost always blue.

In September 2003, Dr Karl was bestowed with the great honour of being named ‘Australian Father of the Year’. Dr Karl Kruszelnicki also received the Member of the Order of Australia Award in the 2006 Australia Day Honours list. In 2007 the Australia Skeptics Society awarded Dr Karl the Australia Skeptic Of The Year Prize.

In 2012 Karl was delighted to have Asteroid 18412 named after him. Asteroid Dr Karl/18412 was discovered by Robert H. McNaught at the Siding Spring Observatory in Coonabarabran, New South Wales, Australia, on June 13, 1993.

In addition to his degrees in Physics and Mathematics, Biomedical Engineering, and Medicine and Surgery, he has studied several non-degree years at various universities in Astrophysics, Computer Science and Philosophy. He speaks at secondary and tertiary institutions, and corporate events.

In the media, he was a writer and presenter for the first series of ‘Quantum’, and has been a science commentator on TV ever since. In radio, he speaks on-air for about five hours every week. This includes a national weekly, one-hour science talkback show on triple J – attracting over 750, 000 listeners in the five mainland capitals. The ABC, triple J and weekly ‘Great Moments in Science’ podcasts together have 4.5 million downloads a year.

His latest podcast ‘Shirtloads of Science’ comes out of Sydney University and features women in STEM and fellow academics talking about their work. Dr Karl also does Skype Q&A sessions with schools twice a week. 

Karl has written more than 40 books with more on the way. His hobbies include travelling through the outback, family fun, fitness, music, dancing a lot, and writing for 4WD magazines.

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Book in a Dr Karl talk

Why not catch Dr Karl's "Great Moments in Science'' talk during your next University of Sydney tour. Excellent for motivating students about science!

To make a booking for your class, contact:
Science Alliance
Phone: (02) 9114 0825
Fax: (02) 9351 7707
Email: science.alliance@sydney.edu.au

Alternatively, if you can't get to Sydney, Karl is also using Skype to beam into classrooms across the world. Request for a Skype session here.