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David Suzuki
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TV Executive
    (March 24, 1936- )
    Canada's preeminent science broadcaster
    Carries a global reputation as a geneticist, professor, public lecturer, and environmental and civil rights activist
    Host of 'The Nature Of Things' on CBC
    Has hosted dozens of TV and radio series and specials
    Author of 18 books
    He was raised in the back of the family dry cleaner's shop.
    His inability to speak Japanese alienated him from his peers.
    He staged and participated in protests and demonstrations at his University.
    In his 1989 radio show, 'It's a Matter of Survival,' Suzuki assumed a more confrontational environmentalist stance and said that the public 'must take a strong advocacy position' to protect the earth lingering on the edge of extinction.
    He said that the 'most destructive people' live in developed nations.
    He described the attitude of the Western world as 'like being in a huge car driving at a brick wall at 100 miles an hour and most of the people in the car are arguing about where they want to sit.'
    He overcame his poor background.
    He was sent to internment camps during World War II.
    He won the E.W.R. Steacie Memorial Fellowship, presented to Canada's Best Young Scientist Under 35, three times.
    He earned a Ph.D. in Zoology at the University of Chicago (1961).
    Suzuki served as Canadian delegate to the International Congress of Genetics in Tokyo (1968).
    He was named Outstanding Japanese-Canadian of the Year (1972).
    He won a Canadian Human Rights Foundation Award (1975).
    He was named an Officer of the Order of Canada(1976).
    He earned a Governor General's Award for Conservation (1985).
    He earned a United Nations Environment Program Medal (1988).
    He once described as 'one of the world's most effective popularizers of science, alongside Carl Sagan and Jacques Cousteau.'
    He urges Western society to reconsider the way they treat the environment and other less-developed countries.
    He is seen as a Canadian icon.

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