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Dr. David Takayoshi Suzuki was born on the 24th March, 1936, in Vancouver Canada. Suzuki became famous throughout the world for his devotion to being an environmental activist and his work as a science broadcaster.

Suzuki is a third-generation Japanese-Canadian, his paternal and maternal grandparents immigrated to Canada at the start of the 20th century. Suzuki had quite an unpleasant experience in his early childhood, he and his family suffered internment, when the Canadian government declared war on Japan in 1942. His father was sent to a labour camp in Solsqua, a small town in B.C.'s interior. Two months later their dry-cleaning business was sold by the government and Suzuki, his mother and two sisters were sent to a camp in Slocan City, which was a few hundred kilometers from where his father was held.

When the Second World War finished Suzuki and his family like so many other Japanese Canadians were forced to move to the east of the Rockies, here they first settled in Islington, then they moved to Leamington. The Suzuki family then moved to London, Ontario where his father and mother began work for Suzuki Brothers Construction Company, this business was run by his father's brothers.

Suzuki's education included Mill Street Elementary School and Grade 9 at Leamington Secondary School, Suzuki went to London, Ontario where he attended London Central Secondary School. In 1958 Suzuki received his B.A. from Amherst College in Massachusetts, and in 1961 he received his Ph.D. in Zoology from the University of Chicago.
Suzuki went to Berkeley, California to further his studies. While studying Suzuki started to back black Americans in their fight for equal rights and at the time he had the same views and theories as Martin Luther King Jr. He also joined the NAACP, he was the only non- black member.

Suzuki had a quite large broadcasting career. His career started in 1979, where he hosted
"The Nature of Things" which aired around fifty countries worldwide. Suzuki also hosted a television series called "The Secret of Life". He also won an award, the United Nations Environment Program Medal in 1985 for his hit television series "A Planet for the Taking".
Suzuki also did a four hour mini-series called "The Sacred Balance" which aired in 2001.

Suzuki has won many honours and awards these include, Canada’s most prestigious award, the Order of Canada Officer which he won in 1976 it has been upgraded to Companion status in 2006, he was awarded the UNESCO’s Kalinga Prize for science 1986 and the Order of British Columbia in 1995 as well as numerous other Canadian and international honours. Suzuki was nominated as one of the top 10 "Greatest Canadians" by viewers of the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation.

Suzuki is also a co-founder of the David Suzuki Foundation. The Foundation was officially opened in 1991. The Foundation mainly concentrates on environmental issues including, aquaculture, biodiversity, climate change, global warming, ecosystem-based forestry, and sustainable fisheries.

David Suzuki has five children, he had three children(Tamiko, Laura, and Troy) to his first wife Setsuko Joane Sunahara who was his high school sweetheart. They married in 1958 and divorced in 1965. In 1972 Suzuki married Tara Elizabeth Cullis, they had two daughters Sarika and Severn.

Published books by David Suzuki include "Genethics", "Wisdom of the Elders", "Inventing the Future", and "Looking At " which is a children's book series on science.

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