Dr Karl Kruszelnicki, AM

Karl's 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.

His science homepage (which has well over 4 million words on it) gets about 450,000 pages downloaded each week (www.abc.net.au/science/k2).

He made his TV debut in 1985 as the presenter of the first series of Quantum. Since 1986 he has reported science as a regular on the Midday Show, Good Morning Australia (including a full-time stint in 1991-2 as the TV Weatherman and science reporter). He has completed three series of Second Opinion (medical/science program) on SBS.

Karl also popularises science on radio stations across Australia, for several hours each week. From January 2003 he can also be heard weekly on the UK BBC5 network.

Karl has written (so far) 25 books, beginning with Great Moments In Science in 1984. According to the "New Scientist" Magazine Karl's last five books have all hit the position of best-selling Popular Science book in Australia.

In 1996 Karl was invited by the United States Information Agency to be a Distinguished Foreign Guest in their International Visitor Program. Previous Alumni of this program include Julius Nyere, Anwar Sadat, Indira Ghandi and Margaret Thatcher.

As part of this program he visited NORAD, Dryden Air Force Base and the Jet Propulsion Laboratory – and got to sit in the front seat of an SR-71 Blackbird.

In August 2000 Karl was one of 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.

Karl has degrees in Physics and Maths, Biomedical Engineering, Medicine and Surgery and has worked as a physicist, tutor, film maker, car mechanic, labourer, and as a medical doctor at the Kids' Hospital in Sydney.

In 1995 he took up the position of the Julius Sumner Miller Fellow at Sydney University, spreading the good word about science and its benefits. In October 2002 Karl was awarded the prestigious "Ig Nobel" prize by Harvard University for his groundbreaking research into Belly Button lint and why it's nearly always blue. His 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.

Congratulations to Dr Karl Kruszelnicki on receiving the Member of the Order of Australia Award in the 2006 Australia Day Honours list. Dr Karl received his award for services to the community through promoting greater understanding and knowledge of the application of science to daily living as an author and science communicator on radio and television.