Dr Karl Kruszelnicki — The Julius Sumner Miller Fellow
The position of the Julius Sumner Miller Fellow is named after Professor Julius Sumner Miller , this link contains a brief history of professor Sumner Miller's life and connection with the School of Physics. The position is administered by the Science Foundation for Physics within the School of Physics at the University of Sydney.
The Julius Sumner Miller Fellow is Karl Kruszelnicki - known as Dr. Karl on Triple J. He delivers over 4 hours of high-quality radio science each week. One of these shows, the "Science Talkback" show on Triple J (Thursdays, 11:00 AM to 12:00 midday), attracts up to 300,000 listeners - about 1.5% of the Australian population.
Have a look at the official Karl Kruszelnicki web site, containing heaps of his musings and ways to participate in the quest to answer popular mysteries - such as why the hot water in the shower always slows down slightly after you turn it on. Its all part of the ABC Science web site, the lab.
Karl Kruszelnicki has had a wide and varied career, and is currently the Inaugural Julius Sumner Miller Fellow. He has qualifications in Physics and Mathematics, Biomedical Engineering (he designed and built a machine to pick up electrical signals from the human retina, for Fred Hollows), and Medicine and Surgery. He has worked as a labourer, car mechanic, hospital doctor, TV weatherman, presenter on the first series of Quantum, roadie for Bo Didley and Chuck Berry, author, radio science commentator.
The Julius Sumner Miller Fellow has a special role with both primary and secondary schools all over Australia. Already, some 8 tonnes of New Scientist magazines (worth about $200,000 at news agency prices) have been sent to some 115 schools around Australia - with a special emphasis on remote schools, and disadvantaged schools. Also, the current Fellow performs many school visits each month, at no cost to the schools, with a special emphasis on girls' schools and disadvantaged schools. Burwood Girls High School receives special attention - extra copies of science journals, and more frequent visits as part of a structured program that links to their curriculum.
Do Physics First!
A personal view by Karl Kruszelnicki on why you should study physics first.
Karl and a friend from the ABC.
Karl can be contacted at the School of Physics:
Karl S. Kruszelnicki,
Julius Sumner Miller Fellow,
The Science Foundation for Physics,
School of Physics A28,
The University of Sydney,