Suzuki San DiegoDavid Suzuki was born on March 24, 1936 in Vancouver, Canada to Kaoru Carr and Setsu Suzuki. Suzuki and his twin sister Marcia were grandchildren of Japanese immigrants who came to Canada in the early part of the 20th century. Because of his ancestry, Suzuki, along with his family, was sent to an internment camp in British Columbia during the Second World War. During that time, the government sold the family's dry-cleaning business and sent Suzuki's father to a work camp in Sloan. The family was released at the end of the war.
When Suzuki and his family left the camps, they were forced by the government to move east of the Rockies. They chose Ellington, Lexington, and London as their homes. It was during this time that Suzuki first became aware of his interest in nature.
Once the family settled in Remington, Suzuki attended Mill Street Elementary School followed by London Central Secondary School in London with the family's last move. After finishing his preliminary education, Suzuki left Canada to study at Amherst College in Massachusetts where he earned his BA followed by his Ph.D. in zoology from the University of Chicago. He graduated in 1961 and began his career by studying genetics. In 1963 he returned to Canada to teach with the zoology department at the University of British Columbia. He worked as a professor for almost forty years.
Seven years after beginning his professorship, Suzuki started a children's television show entitled "Suzuki on Science". Four years later, in 1974, he started Quirks and Quarks, a radio program and also hosted a show on CBC Radio until 1979. He also hosted another program called Science Magazine.
In 1979 Suzuki began hosting what would become his most well-known program called The Nature of Things. This television show, run by CBC, was designed to help stimulate broader interest in nature, wildlife, and a more sustainable society. He also hosted the PBS series The Secret of Life and the 1985 series A Planet for the Taking which won him a United Nations Environment Programmer Medal. In 2002 Suzuki created a mini-series for Canada public television called The Sacred Balance and continues to promote sustainable practices and respect for nature through his talks and media outlets.