Do you know who this handsome man is? Photos of one of Australia’s iconic personalities impress mind

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Old photos of one of Australia’s favorite scientists have resurfaced on social media, with hundreds awed by his good looks.

Beloved boffin Dr. Karl Kruszelnicki, 73, is almost unrecognizable in his early twenties and thirties with his dark hair, long beard and bushy eyebrows.

The science commentator was featured in an episode of Julia Zemiro’s Home Delivery on the ABC where his old photos were shared and he got the chance to share his incredible life story.

Dr. Born in Sweden, Karl grew up in Wollongong, New South Wales, and has worked as a science communicator on both television and radio.

In the ABC episode, Dr. Karl Julia on a personal tour of his hometown and the steel mill in Port Kembla, which sparked his curiosity as a young boy.

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Dr Karl Kruszelnicki ‘attempts to climb Mount Bangeta in Papua New Guinea’ at age 21

Dr Karl Kruszelnicki, now 73, in another childhood photo showing off his dark hair, long beard and bushy eyebrows

Dr Karl Kruszelnicki, now 73, in another childhood photo showing off his dark hair, long beard and bushy eyebrows

Dr.  Karl grew up in Wollongong, New South Wales, but was born in Sweden and has worked as a science communicator on both television and radio

Dr. Karl grew up in Wollongong, New South Wales, but was born in Sweden and has worked as a science communicator on both television and radio

Dr. Karl has had an extraordinary working life as a physicist, laborer, mechanic, filmmaker, biomedical engineer, television weatherman, filmmaker and physician at The Children’s Hospital in Sydney.

His parents fled to Australia in 1950 to escape World War II and said the most notable thing he learned from them was ‘trying to make the world a better place’.

In the 28-minute television episode, Dr.  Karl Julia on a personal tour of his hometown of Wollongong and the Port Kembla steel mill, which sparked his curiosity as a young boy.

In the 28-minute television episode, Dr. Karl Julia on a personal tour of his hometown of Wollongong and the Port Kembla steel mill, which sparked his curiosity as a young boy.

Dr.  Karl has had an extraordinary working life with careers ranging from physicist to laborer, mechanic, filmmaker, biomedical engineer, television weather forecaster, filmmaker and physician at The Children's Hospital in Sydney

Dr. Karl has had an extraordinary working life with careers ranging from physicist to laborer, mechanic, filmmaker, biomedical engineer, television weather forecaster, filmmaker and physician at The Children’s Hospital in Sydney

On an episode of Julia Zermiro's Home Delivery on the ABC, he talked about his incredible life experiences

His parents fled to Australia in 1950 to escape World War II

On an episode of Julia Zermiro’s Home Delivery on the ABC, Dr. Karl on his inspiring life experiences

When he was reading Plato's Republic at the age of 16, he came across the line 'the virgin life is not worth living', which 'resonated' with him.

When he was reading Plato’s Republic at the age of 16, he came across the line ‘the virgin life is not worth living’, which ‘resonated’ with him.

Talking about his childhood and his curious mind, Dr. Karl that when he read Plato’s classic novel Republic at the age of 16, he encountered a life-changing line.

“The line was, ‘the unexplored life isn’t worth living,’ and for some reason that just resonated with me,” he said.

“Then I saw the truth of that a few years later when I went to work at the steel mill.”

Dr. Karl said he noticed that some steel mill workers had been in the same job for 20 years but were still “alive and vibrant,” while others had no curiosity or interest in learning anything new.

He was ‘astonished at the magnificence’ of the work produced and how the employees… tendency to stay in the same job all their lives – a reflection of time.

Dr.  Karl told Julia Zemiro that he spent time in the steel mill as a physicist and scientist testing steel

Dr. Karl told Julia Zemiro that he spent time in the steel mill as a physicist and scientist testing steel

He decided to leave the job at the steel mill for 'various reasons', but mainly to be able to start a new career (pictured over the years)

He decided to leave the job at the steel mill for ‘various reasons’, but mainly to be able to start a new career (pictured over the years)

Dr.  Karl then turned to medicine, immersed himself in biomedical technology and then started sharing his knowledge with others on the radio

Dr. Karl then turned to medicine, immersed himself in biomedical technology and then started sharing his knowledge with others on the radio

In the steel mill, Dr. Karl as a physicist, metallurgist and scientist who tested different types of steel samples.

He decided to quit the job for “various reasons”, but mainly because of the opportunity to start a new career.

“Unlike everyone I knew, I suddenly found myself on a path where I turned on a new career every 1.5 years,” he said.

From there, he had the chance to visit Papua New Guinea to teach physics to students, which he loved. It’s also where he started growing his luscious beard during his “hippie” phase.

Dr. Karl then turned to medicine, immersed himself in biomedical technology and then began sharing his knowledge with others on the radio.

He now shares his knowledge online by creating his own TikTok videos – and has a strong following of over 271,000 people.

About Dr. Karl Kruszelnickic

Dr. Karl grew up in Wollongong, New South Wales, but was born in Sweden and has worked as a science communicator on both television and radio

He has worked as a physicist, labourer, mechanic, filmmaker, biomedical engineer, television weather forecaster, filmmaker and physician at The Children’s Hospital in Sydney

In 2002, Dr. Karl honored with the prestigious Ig Nobel Prize, awarded by Harvard University in the US for his groundbreaking research on Belly Button Ribbon and why it is almost always blue

He is known for his lively mind and curiosity in a wide range of subjects mainly related to science

Read more about Dr Karl on Tthe University of Sydney Homepage

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