David Suzuki

Environmentalist, Academic

1936 –

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Who is David Suzuki?

David Takayoshi Suzuki, CC OBC is a Canadian academic, science broadcaster and environmental activist. Suzuki earned a Ph.D in zoology from the University of Chicago in 1961, and was a professor in the genetics department at the University of British Columbia from 1963 until his retirement in 2001. Since the mid-1970s, Suzuki has been known for his TV and radio series and books about nature and the environment. He is best known as host of the popular and long-running CBC Television science magazine, The Nature of Things, seen in over forty nations. He is also well known for criticizing governments for their lack of action to protect the environment.

A long time activist to reverse global climate change, Suzuki co-founded the David Suzuki Foundation in 1990, to work "to find ways for society to live in balance with the natural world that does sustain us." The Foundation's priorities are: oceans and sustainable fishing, climate change and clean energy, sustainability, and Suzuki's Nature Challenge. He also served as a director of the Canadian Civil Liberties Association from 1982 to 1987.

Suzuki was awarded the Right Livelihood Award in 2009. His 2011 book, The Legacy, won the Nautilus Book Award. He is a Companion of the Order of Canada. In 2004, David Suzuki was selected as the greatest living Canadian in a CBC poll.

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Born
Mar 24, 1936
Vancouver
Also known as
  • David Takayoshi Suzuki
Parents
Siblings
Spouses
Children
Religion
  • Atheism
Nationality
  • Canada
Profession
Education
  • Bachelor of Arts, Amherst College
    Biology
    ( - 1958)
  • PhD, University of Chicago
    Zoology
    ( - 1961)
  • London Central Secondary School
Employment
  • University of British Columbia
  • David Suzuki Foundation
Lived in
  • Vancouver
  • Kitsilano

Submitted
on July 23, 2013

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