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So... does anyone know if Dr Karl got his world record? I've briefly tried looking for information about it, but was unable to find any. - James Foster 15:51, 21 December 2005 (UTC)

World record of what exactly? -- Chuq 12:09, 23 December 2005 (UTC)
I think he's referring to Dr Karl's attempt at the World Record for the Most Books Consecutively Signed by the Author, for the release of his new book. Apparently he didn't break the world record, but he did manage to break the Australian record. - record details 17:01, 27 December 2005 (UTC)


This section containing "criticism" seem very close to that of original research in relation to the link and sections cited in the reference list. I would not call the blog where the criticism is based note worthy, nor academic and I can not see any reason that this should be included. Not unless someone else can find other sources, preferably from more not worth sources, as I have not been able too. If there is no objections I will remove it (talk) 12:13, 5 October 2010 (UTC)

I have removed the criticism section as I do not believe that it fits with the Wikipedia's requirements. The criticism section contained sources from only 1 sources and the references contained large amounts of original research. Secondly whats was considered criticism was not what would be considered criticism, academic disagreement perhaps is a better tone. However if every single person that disagreed with someone referred to on Wikipedia generated a criticism section, then wikipedia would contain very little else. (talk) 03:38, 7 October 2010 (UTC)


Apparently Dr. Karl has an impressive list of qualifications as long as your arm. Anybody know what they are, please add them? --Commking 05:12, 3 February 2006 (UTC)

This mentions some of them, but not really any detailed info. - James Foster 21:57, 3 February 2006 (UTC)
Oh, and I know he has also worked as a cab driver. This, along with other qualifications are also mentioned in the Andrew Denton interview that is linked to on the main page. - James Foster 22:02, 3 February 2006 (UTC)

If anyone recalls his early radio programs, back when he used to thank the tax payers for putting him through university (back when university was free) his actual qualification gained I believe was in dental medicine and surgery as it was significantly shorter a course to earn the title 'doctor' to give credence to his science commentaries. If anyone can shed any light for or against this it would be appreciated as it is a common rebuff in the academic world the second this gentlemens name is mentioned. Jachin 22:29, 1 May 2006 (UTC)

Actually if you listen to his radio shows you'll notice he calls co-hosts and callers "Dr. (name)" to confirm that in terms of having a PhD he's as much a doctor as anyone else. Confusing Manifestation 09:48, 2 May 2006 (UTC)
Most of Dr Karl's qualifications are listed in little mini biography things which I'm not sure if it stands up to wiki's standards. There's an audio grab here of Dr Karl getting his foot in the door of Triple J where he mentions about being a scientist, engineer and also just becoming a medical doctor.
The Andrew Denton interview and this csiro webpage make mention of him being a medical doctor but again I'm not sure that it stands up to wiki's standards for Wikipedia:Verifiability. Can someone with more experience point me in the right direction? 10:24, 7 June 2006 (UTC)

Typo: "He was obtained his degrees..." I would change this, but does anyone know if all his conferred degrees are from UNSW? 13:21, 7 June 2006 (UTC)

  • Regarding his degrees, he says "At 17 I received a scholarship to university and in 1967 achieved a Bachelor of Science in Physics and Mathematics at the University of NSW. Over the next decade I also received Masters degrees in Astrophysics and Biomedical Engineering. By 1986 I had completed bachelor degrees in Medicine and Surgery from the University of Sydney." [1]. His Master of Biomedical Engineering thesis from 1981 is in the UNSW library, and the University of Sydney lists him as an alumni for his MBBS in 1987 - Gobeirne 20:48, 25 July 2006 (UTC)
I've heard him number himself among UOW alumni. If he earned a degree at UOW in '67 (before incorporation), he would have been awarded a UNSW testamur, I'm pretty sure (on account of UOW being a UNSW satellite school at that point in time). However, I'm having a hard time corroborating where he actually studied. JVPurvis 06:12, 7 June 2007 (UTC)

Early life[edit]

When was he born, how did he end up in Australia, is he Jewish, where did he grow up? Just some questions about him. - Matthew238 02:34, 17 November 2006 (UTC)

I belive his parients might be polish, they also might have been in a german concentration camp. Enlil Ninlil 04:26, 27 November 2006 (UTC)
Read the Denton interview, his parients were in the Sachenhausen concentration camp, he is Jewish and he grew up speaking many languages till about 8 years old.Enlil Ninlil 04:52, 27 November 2006 (UTC)
Some clarification, even if it's a quite a while belated; the interview does not explicitly state that Dr. Karl is Jewish, though I may have missed that. As for Dr. Karl's family life, he's mentioned a few times that he has a son at Sydney Boys' High School (who is apparently also named Karl Kruszelnicki) - and that his wife is Mary, and he has a daughter named Alice. Qwerty (talk) 15:18, 24 November 2007 (UTC)
Here is a link which has alot on his early life and his relationship with his father. -- Ianblair23 (talk) 06:24, 5 December 2009 (UTC)

More Detail[edit]

I'm intending to go through this article in the next couple of days and put in a fair bit more detail - adding more information and divisions e.g. Personal Life and Career headings. If anyone has any objections, ideas or any recommended additional sources, please feel free to let me know here. T He He 02:29, 7 January 2007 (UTC)

Book merge[edit]

note: 'Dis Information And Other Wikkid Myths: More Great Myths In Science', and 'Great Mythconceptions - Cellulite, Camel Humps and Chocolate Zits', have been merged into Great Science Mythconceptions - and other curious facts, i couldnt find anything on the isbn of the original two books, should the newer one be mentioned or replace the other two?Blacksmith2 talk 05:53, 17 July 2007 (UTC)

That's a great book. I reckon Great Science Mythconceptions and Other Curious Facts should be mentioned. The ISBN is 0-7322-8590-9. —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 03:43, 27 October 2007 (UTC)

Da Home Crew?[edit]

Many of Dr Karl's books mention 'Da Home Crew', Great Science Mythconceptions and Other Curious Facts mentions it in the Thanks section in the back of his book. Should this be mentioned or further looked into? —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 03:46, 27 October 2007 (UTC)


Does anyone know where to get results for Dr Karl's political attempt. I can't find any results.Kaitwith (talk) 05:02, 12 January 2011 (UTC)

Know All[edit]

How many other people does Karl give the pip to? Sometimes he just does not know when to shut up. — Preceding unsigned comment added by Orrable Harry (talkcontribs) 01:26, 30 November 2012 (UTC)

I understand your perspective, but it's not the sort of thing we can include in the article unless we can quote reliable sources saying it. HiLo48 (talk) 01:33, 30 November 2012 (UTC)

Dr Karl does seem to get a little too excited about his own presence at times. — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 06:25, 11 December 2012 (UTC)

Name of high school attended[edit]

Name of high school,attended is Edmund Rice not Eton Rice (talk) 05:23, 10 November 2013 (UTC)

Not done: please provide reliable sources that support the change you want to be made. Thanks, Celestra (talk) 03:43, 13 November 2013 (UTC)
No such school as Eton Rice, I think. :). Change made. --Chriswaterguy talk 00:08, 20 November 2013 (UTC)

Dr Karl the showman or Dr Karl the GP[edit]

Either way he is not a PHD and it should be stated. Basic science principal of fact. It is clearly stated in his list of qualifications that he does not have a PHD.

Fence pailing (talk) 05:53, 1 February 2016 (UTC)

And pointing this out is the sum total of your entire Wikipedia edit history. We assume good faith, but this is stretching the assumption. I don't see anywhere that he claims to have a PhD.--Dmol (talk) 06:07, 1 February 2016 (UTC)

Correct. He is GP and it should be stated. He is a "science communicator" for children, he is not a respected person in a sci field. He is not published.

Fence pailing (talk) 06:14, 1 February 2016 (UTC)

Remove Primary Sources[edit]

To the regular editors: Dr Karl's CV may not be used as a reference. I've added a tag noting this.

If you check the criteria for Wikipedia: Biographies of Living Persons, you will see what I mean. Furthermore, you will note that statements in the article that have no reliable source are subject to immediate deletion. This would produce more than a few holes. Rather than indulge in such vandalism, I'll leave it to you perform the necessary upgrades.

(NB: Dr. Karl's notability is not in question. The quality of the article is) Arfisk (talk) 12:56, 27 February 2016 (UTC)

NB: Donald Trump is also notable. Fence pailing (talk) 14:57, 1 March 2016 (UTC)

I'm sure the quality of the article on Donald Trump is beyond dispute. Meanwhile, I note the removal of the cv cited qualifications. It's not that he doesn't have them, so restore them as you find an independent cite. Arfisk (talk) 07:32, 2 March 2016 (UTC)

University of the Sunshine Coast takes urine out of dr karl[edit]

2016: Kruszelnicki received an Honorary Doctorate. As in to say he will never receive a real PHD.

love the photo!

Fence pailing (talk) 12:37, 2 March 2016 (UTC)

His roots[edit]

He says that his mother was Jewish from Danzig and his father Polish. Both were Nazi concentration camps prisoners.Xx236 (talk) 07:43, 2 August 2016 (UTC)


I have commenced a tidy-up of the Bibliography section using cite templates. Capitalization and punctuation follow standard cataloguing rules in AACR2 and RDA, as much as Wikipedia templates allow it. ISBNs and other persistent identifiers, where available, are commented out, but still available for reference. This is a work in progress; feel free to continue. Sunwin1960 (talk) 01:08, 9 February 2018 (UTC)