David Suzuki, co-founder of the David Suzuki Foundation, is an award-winning scientist, environmentalist and broadcaster. He is renowned for his radio and television programmes that explain the complexities of the natural sciences in a compelling, easily understood way.
Dr. Suzuki is a geneticist. He graduated from Amherst College (Massachusetts) in 1958 with an Honours BA in Biology, followed by a PhD in Zoology from the University of Chicago. He held a research associateship in the Biology Division of Tennessee's Oak Ridge National Lab (1961-1962), was an Assistant Professor in Genetics at the University of Alberta (1962-1963) and since them, has been a faculty member of the University of British Columbia. He is now Professor Emeritus of the University of British Columbia, Sustainable Development Research Institute.
In 1972, he was awarded the F.W.R. Steacie Memorial Fellowship for the outstanding research scientist in Canada under the age of 35. He has won numerous academic awards and holds 22 honourary degrees in Canada, the U.S. and Australia. A member of the Royal Society of Canada and a Companion of the Order of Canada, Dr. Suzuki has written 42 books, including 17 for children. His 1976 textbook, An Introduction to Genetic Analysis (with A.J.F. Griffiths), remains the most widely used genetics text book in the U.S. and has been translated into Italian, Spanish, Greek, Indonesia, Arabic, French and German.
Dr. Suzuki has received consistently high acclaim for his 30 years of award-winning work in broadcasting. In 1974, he developed and hosted the long running popular science programme, "Quirks and Quarks" on CBC Radio. He has since presented two influential documentary CBC radio series on the environment, "It's a Matter of Survival" and "From Naked Ape to Superspecies." His television career began with CBC in 1971 when he wrote and hosted "Suzuki on Science." He then created and hosted a number of television specials, and in 1979 became the host of the award-winning "The Nature of Things with David Suzuki." He has won four Gemini Awards as best host of a Canadian television series for this programme, which he has been with for 26 of the 46 season they have been on air. His eight-part television series, "A Planet for the Taking", won an award from the United Nations. His eight-part PBS series, "The Secret of Life", was praised internationally, as was his five-part series "The Brain", for the Discovery Channel. On 10 June 2002, he received the John Drainie Award for broadcasting excellence.
Dr. Suzuki is also recognized as a world leader in sustainable ecology. He is the recipient of UNESCO's Kalinga Prize for Science, the United Nations Environment Programme Medal and the Global 500. He is a fellow of the American Association of the Advancement of Science.