Sometimes described as an answer looking for a question, Dr Karl explains science as you’ve never heard it before. Each week Karl speaks on ABC radio around Australia and the World. He is the co-host of the Sleek Geeks podcast.
NASA rejected Karl as non-astronaut material so he walked into ABC Radio station Double J and offered to talk about the Space shuttle launch instead. They said ‘Okay’ and his radio career took off like a rocket. ‘Great Moments In Science’ ran on Double J from 1981, while Karl moonlighted as a medical student.
Since then, his media career has exploded 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 Sunrise. Along side his fellow geek Adam Spencer, he has written and co-produced two series of Sleek Geeks for ABC TV.
Karl talks science on ABC radio stations across Australia and, on the BBC, for several hours each week. The original talk back programme still runs each Thursday on JJJ from 11am to midday.
In 2012 Karl was delighted to have Asteroid 18412 named after him. Asteroid Dr Karl/18412 was discovered by Robert H. McNaught, on June 13, 1993 at the Siding Spring Observatory in Coonabarabran, New South Wales, Australia.
Karl has degrees in Physics and Maths, Biomedical Engineering, Medicine and Surgery and has worked as a physicist, tutor, taxi driver, film-maker, car mechanic, labourer, and as a medical doctor.
He is the author of 36 popular science books, with more on the way.
Dr Karl is currently the Julius Sumner Miller Fellow at the University of Sydney.
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ABC Great Moments in Science
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BBC Five Live Science
Dr Karl answers listeners’ science questions on BBC Radio 5 Live’s Up All Night programme with Rhod Sharp. Dr Karl broadcast live on Thursdays at 3am.Subscribe
WHERE IS KARL?
You can catch Karl all over the airwaves, check out his regular time slots.
(ABC appearances in local times)
Weekly from 09:30 – 10.00 (QLD Time)
Dr Karl joins Nicole Dyer on ABC Gold Coast Mornings
Weekly from 10:30 – 11:00 (SA Time)
Dr Karl joins Ian Henschke ABC Adelaide
Dr Karl joins Zan Rowe on Mornings, for a blistering one-hour science talkback. Listen live on Triple J, or subscribe to the podcast.
Other regular THURSDAY ABC appearances
(in local times)
Weekly from 09:30-10:00 (QLD Time)
Dr Karl joins Steve Austin on ABC 612 Brisbane
Fortnightly from 10:00-10:30 (NSW Time)
Dr Karl joins Linda Mottram on ABC 702 Sydney
Weekly from 14:00 – 14:30 (NT Time)
Dr Karl joins Kate O’Toole on ABC 105.7 Darwin
Weekly from 14:00-14:30 (WA Time)
Dr Karl joins Giliian O’Shaughnessy ABC 720 Perth (WA)
Weekly from 15:30-16:00 (QLD Time)
Dr Karl joins Mary-Lou Stephens on ABC Sunshine Coast (QLD)
Thursday Weekly from 0300-0400 (UK Time)
Dr Karl answers listeners’ science questions on BBC Radio 5 live’s Up All Night programme with Rhod Sharp. Dr Karl broadcast live on Thursdays at 3am.The Podcast is available after broadcast
12:00PM (QLD Time) ONWARDS – LUNCHTIME SIGNING – A&R PO Square
Shop 1-4 Post Office Square Building, Adelaide Street, Brisbane
6PM (QLD Time) ONWARDS - EVENING EVENT
City Hall, 64 Adelaide Street, Brisbane, QLD 4000
SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 22ND, 2014
10:30AM – 1:00PM (QLD Time) – MORNING SIGNING – Dymocks Indooroopilly
Indooroopilly SC, 318 Moggill Road, Indooroopilly, QLD 4068
2:00PM (QLD Time) ONWARDS – AFTERNOON SIGNING – Big W Mt Gravatt
Logan Road, Mt Gravatt, QLD
SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 23RD, 2014
10:30AM – 1:00PM – MORNING SIGNING – QBD Carindale
Shop 1113, Carindale Shopping Centre, Cnr Cleveland and Creek Roads, Carindale
THURSDAY NOVEMBER 27TH, 2014
6:30PM (NSW Time) – EVENING SIGNING – Dymocks George St
Dymocks George St, 424 George St, Sydney, NSW 2000
SATURDAY NOVEMBER 29TH, 2014
1:00PM (NSW Time) - AFTERNOON SIGNING – Dymocks Warringah
Dymocks Warringah, Shop 524, Warringah Mall SC, Brookvale, NSW 2100
SUNDAY NOVEMBER 30TH, 2014
10:30AM – 12:30PM – MORNING SIGNING – ABC Bondi
Level 1, Westfield Bondi Junction
1:30PM (NSW Time) ONWARDS- AFTERNOON SIGNING – Kinokuniya
Kinokuniya, Level 2, The Galeries, 500 George Street, Sydney NSW 2000
THURSDAY, DECEMBER 4TH, 2014
6:00PM – 9:00PM – EVENING SIGNING – Big W Miranda Fair
Big W Miranda Fair, Westfield Shopping Centre, 600 Kingsway, Miranda, NSW 2228
SATURDAY, DECEMBER 6TH, 2014
10:00AM – 1:30PM (NSW Time) - MORNING SIGNING – Dymocks Burwood
Dymocks Burwood, Top Floor, Shop 323, Westfield SC, Burwood Road, Burwood
2:30PM (NSW Time) ONWARDS- AFTERNOON SIGNING – Big W Campbelltown
Big W Campbelltown, Cnr Gilcrest Road and Kelliar Rd, Ambarvale
SUNDAY, DECEMBER 7TH, 2014
10:00AM – 1:30PM (NSW Time) - MORNING SIGNING – Dymocks Paramatta
Dymocks Paramatta, Shop 2115, Level 2 Westfield Shoppingtown, Parramatta Sydney, NSW 2150
2:30PM ONWARDS (NSW Time) - AFTERNOON SIGNING – Big W Pagewood
Big W Pagewood, 152 Bunnerong Road, Pagewood
THURSDAY, DECEMBER 11TH, 2014
7:30PM – 9:30PM (VIC Time ) - EVENING EVENT – Athenaeum Theatre - In partnership with The Wheeler Centre -
Presenters: Hannah Kent, Helen Razer, Bernaud Keane, Gillian Cosgriff, Zahra Newman, Die Roten Punkte, Omar Musa, Shaun Micallef and Dr Karl Kruszelnicki
188 Collins Street, Melbourne
SATURDAY DECEMBER 13TH, 2014
10:30AM – 12:30PM (VIC Time) - MORNING SIGNING – QBD Doncaster
Shop G112-3, 619 Doncaster Rd, VIC 3108
1:30PM (VIC Time) ONWARDS- AFTERNOON SIGNING – Big W Eastland
Eastland Shopping Centre, 171 - 175 Maroondah Highway, Ringwood
SUNDAY, DECEMBER 14TH
10:00AM – 1:30PM (NSW Time) - MORNING SIGNING – Big W Charlestown
Charlestown Square Shopping Centre, Pearson Street, Charlestown
3:00PM (NSW Time) - AFTERNOON SIGNING – Dymocks Erina
Dymocks Erina, Shop 315, Erina Fair SC, Terrigal Drive, Erina, NSW 2250
SATURDAY DECEMBER 20TH,2014
10:30AM – 12:30PM (NSW Time) – MORNING SIGNING – Dymocks Castle Hill
Dymocks Castle Hill, Shop 390, Castle Towers, Old Castle Hill Rd, Castle Hill NSW, 2154
2PM (NSW Time) - AFTERNOON SIGNING – QBD Hornsby
Westfield Hornsby, Hunter Street, Hornsby
SUNDAY, DECEMBER 21ST, 2014
10:00AM (NSW Time) - MORNING SIGNING – Dymocks Penrith
Dymocks Penrith, Lvl 1, Shop 145, Westfield Penrith Plaza, Henry Street, Penrith, NSW 2750
1:30PM (NSW Time) ONWARDS - AFTERNOON SIGNING – Dymocks Rouse Hill
Dymocks Rouse Hill, Shop GRO23, Rouse Hill Town Centre, Rouse Hill, NSW 2155
1 Follow Dr Karl on Twitter, as he seems to answer questions quite often
2 You can also call into Triple J (Thursday AEST 11.00-12.00) and ask your question live during the show. Just call 1300 0555 36
3 If you’d like to book Dr Karl for your event? Please contact his agent, Claxton Speakers International, on 02-9909-0033 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org