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Dr Karl Kruszelnicki
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Dr Karl is a prominent scientist, medical doctor and television and radio presenter.He has helped people by doing reports on how to live longer and reports on commonly asked questions. He has been in the media since 1981 when he started presenting 'great moments in science' to pay for medical school. His media career expanded to include radio, T.V, book writing, newspapers and magazine articles, professional speaking and the internet. His T.V career started in 1985 as the presenter of Quantum. In 1986 he reported science on shows like the Midday Show, Good Morning Australia, The Today Show and channel seven's breakfast show Sunrise. In 2010 he had a successful series on the ABC. Karl has also written 32 books. Many Australians tune in to Dr Karl's shows and write letters asking for advice. Surveys have shown that one in seven students have chosen to do science as an influence from Dr. Karl Kruszelnicki.
What was his early life like?
Karl Sven Woytek Sas Konkovitch Matthew Kruszelnicki was born in 1948 in Helsingborg, Sweden, to Polish refugee parents. Karl's father was a member of the Polish resistance and was imprisoned in Russian jails and German concentration camps. Karl's mother's background was kept a secret from him for a long time. She told him that she was Swedish and Lutheran but she was actually Jewish.
Karl's inspiration to research and report on things is driven by one book that he read early in his life which was written by Plato. One sentence in the book said, "An unexplored life is not worth living." Karl thought that it was very true and that each second that passes, you will never get that second back. So he decided to make every second of his life count.
How has he Influenced Australia?
Dr Karl is known worldwide because of his IG Nobel Prize award, which was presented by The Harvard University in the U.S.A . Surveys have shown that one in seven students have chosen to do science as an influence from Dr. Karl Kruszelnicki.
In 2002 Karl won the IG Nobel Prize which was awarded by Harvard University in the U.S.A.. Karl won it because of his ground- breaking research on Belly Button Fluff and why it is almost always blue.
In 2003 he won the Australian Father of the Year award.
Last year in 2012, the national trust of Australia named Karl as a national living treasure.
Dr Karl Kruszelnicki
By Nicole and Mirade
What Inspired him to Become a Scientist?
How has he been recognized for his work?
Was he born in Australia?
Karl Kruszelnicki was not born in Australia, he was actually born in Helsingborg, Sweden.He migrated to Australia with his parents in 1950, when he was two years old. Karl and his parents lived in a refugee camp in Bonegilla near Albury for some time before moving to Wollongong. Karl was four when he moved out of the refugee camp.
Dr Karl traveled to Australia by boat with his parents.
What does he do?