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Michio Kaku, Ph.D.

Science Correspondent, CBS This Morning

Dr. Michio Kaku is one of the most widely recognized figures in science in the world today. He has written five New York Times best-sellers, the latest of which is The God Equation: The Quest for the Theory of Everything. He is the science correspondent for CBS This Morning. His weekly science radio show is heard in 100 cities across the country. He has 4.5 million fans on Facebook and almost one million people follow him on Twitter. He has hosted numerous science specials on the Discovery Channel, Science Channel, BBC-TV, and has appeared on the David Letterman Show, Good Morning America, Today Show, CBS Late Show with Stephen Colbert, HBO, Stephen Colbert Report, CNN, the History Channel, PBS-TV, National Geographic, and all the major news media. He was recently chosen as “one of the most influential physicists in the world today” by Academic Influence.

Dr. Kaku graduated summa cum laude in physics from Harvard in 1968, graduating first in his physics class. He received his Ph.D. from the University of California at Berkeley in 1972. He has taught at City College of the City University of New York for 45 years and holds the Henry Semat Chair in Theoretical Physics at CCNY. He has also taught at Harvard and Princeton. Dr. Kaku has written for Time Magazine, The Wall Street Journal, Astronomy Magazine, Discover Magazine, London Times, Daily Telegraph, and many other international newspapers. He has been quoted in

Scientific American, The New York Times, The Washington Post, The London Daily Telegraph, The London Times, The Philadelphia Inquirer, Wired Magazine, and Fast Magazine. He has written cover articles for New Scientist Magazine, Astronomy Magazine, and The Sunday London Times and has written several op-ed pieces for The Wall Street Journal, The Boston Globe, and others.

In addition to his appearances and authorship, Dr. Kaku is an internationally recognized authority in two areas. The first is Einstein’s unified field theory, which Dr. Kaku is attempting to complete. The other is to predict trends affecting business, medicine, finance, and our way of life based on the latest research in science. Before the God Equation, his last book was the Future of Humanity, which projects the future of the space program decades to centuries into the future. All his books illustrate his interest in trend-seeking and the future of

Humanity. His goal is to complete Einstein’s dream of a “theory of everything,” to derive an equation, perhaps no more than one inch long, which will summarize all the physical laws of the universe. He is the co-founder of a

major branch of string theory, which is the leading candidate today for the theory of everything. His Ph.D. level textbooks are required reading at many of the world’s leading physics laboratories. His #1 best seller The Future of the Mind details the stunning breakthroughs being made in neuroscience, which are finally beginning to unravel the mysteries of the most complex object in the known

universe, the human brain. Recent scientific advances in brain-machine interface have made possible a form of telepathy, telekinesis, recording and uploading memories, and even photographing thoughts. Beside The Future of Humanity and The Future of the Mind, his other New York Times best-sellers include Physics of the Future and Physics of the Impossible. For Physics of the Future, he interviewed 300 of the world’s top scientists, many of them Nobel Laureates and directors of the largest scientific laboratories, about their vision for the next 20 to 100 years in computers, robotics, biotechnology, space travel, etc. These are the scientists who are inventing the future in their laboratories. Physics of the Future gives the most authoritative and most authentic understanding of the world of the future and was chosen by Amazon as one of the Top 100 Books of 2011. Parallel Worlds is about the latest in cosmology and was a finalist for the prestigious Samuel Johnson Prize for Non-Fiction in the UK and a finalist for the Aventist science book award. Physics of the Impossible earned glowing reviews from The LA Times, New Scientist Magazine, Guardian Newspaper (UK) and many others. It was also the #1 science book in the United States. His other books include Hyperspace and Visions: How Science Will Revolutionize the 21 st Century.

Dr. Kaku also does considerable public speaking on international radio and TV. He has appeared on the Larry King Show, Nightline, 60 Minutes, Good Morning America, CNN, CNN-Financial, ABC-TV News, Fox News, BBC-TV, BBC-Radio, PBS’s Nova and Innovation, Tech-TV. He has also appeared on the David Letterman Show, the Colbert Report, The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, the Conan O’Brian show, HBO’s Bill Maher Show, and has appeared on numerous science specials, including PBS’s Steven Hawking’s Universe, Science Odyssey, and Einstein Revealed, the BBC’s Future Fantastic, Parallel Universes, Copenhagen, Channel 4’s The Big G: The Story

of Gravity, the Discovery Channel, the Learning Channel’s Exodus Earth, A and E, the History Channel’s Universe series and biography of Einstein. His many other science specials and documentaries include BBC’s Time and Visions of the Future, Discovery TV’s 2057, and The Science Channel’s Physics of the Impossible and Futurescape, which were both based on his best-sellers. 

Dr. Kaku was also featured in the 90-minute feature film, Me and Isaac Newton, which was nominated for an Emmy in 2001. He was profiled in Tech-TV’s Big Thinkers series and is a regular commentator on that cable network. He has spoken on over 500 radio stations around the country. He also hosts his own national weekly radio program which airs in 100 cities in the US and the KU national satellite band and internet, called Science Fantastic. It is the largest nationally syndicated science radio show on commercial radio in the United States and perhaps the world.