If there is a speaker that you should see in your lifetime, Dr. Michio Kaku would be it. The theoretical physicist, best-selling author, radio and television presenter, and ‘popularizer’ of science will be the keynote speaker at the upcoming QITCOM 2012 conference in Doha, Qatar on March 5-7.
Kaku was born in San Jose, California and was no ordinary teenager, keeping life for his parents extremely interesting. While at Cubberley High School in Palo Alto, he assembled an atom smasher in his parents’ garage for a science fair project. At the National Science Fair in Albuquerque, New Mexico, he attracted the attention of physicist Edward Teller, who took Kaku on as a protégé and awarded him with the Hertz Engineering Scholarship. Kaku graduated from Harvard University, with high honors in 1968 coming first in his physics class. He attended the Berkeley Radiation Laboratory at the University of California, Berkeley where he received his Ph.D, and also held a lectureship at Princeton University in 1972.
He became a visiting professor at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton and New York University. He currently holds the Henry Semat Chair and Professorship on theoretical physics at the City College of New York. He has published over 70 articles in physics journals such as Physical Review covering topics from superstring theory, supergravity, supersymmetry, to hadronic phsyics. As well as being the author of several textbooks on string theory and quantum field theory, he has also written books such as Hyperspace, Beyond Einstein, Visions: How Science Will Revolutionize the 21st Century, Einstein’s Cosmos, Parallel Worlds, Physics of the Impossible, and Physics of the Future. In 1974 he authored, along with Prof. Keiji Kikkawa of Osaka University, the first papers describing string theory in a field form. He is the co-founder of string field theory (a branch of string theory), and continues Einstein’s search to unite the four fundamental forces of nature into one unified theory.
Kaku is the host of the weekly, one-hour radio program Explorations, he defines the show as dealing with the general topics of science, war, peace, and the environment. Kaku has appeared in numerous television programs, in interviews and films and is popular in mainstream media because of his knowledge and his accessible approach to presenting complex subjects in science. He hosted the popular Sci Fi Science program; “Physics of the Impossible” on the Science Channel.
With such an impressive portfolio, he has the most interesting opinions on a variety of topics from aliens, parallel universes, string theory, travel between dimensions, time travel, and the big bang theory to name a few. At QITCOM this year, he will be delivering his keynote speech on his insights and predictions on futuristic science, don’t miss it.