Family, childhood and admission to Michio Kaku University
came to light in 1947 in the state of California (USA) in a family of Japanese immigrants. Mitio’s grandfather is known to have come to the States to participate in the relief of the terrible earthquake that occurred in San Francisco in 1906.
The father of the future physicist was born directly in California. However, he received education in the Land of the Rising Sun, and therefore spoke English no matter. According to records, he met his spouse (and, respectively, Michio Kaku’s mother) during World War II at Tul Lake, a specialized internment camp for Japanese people.
He studied Michio at Kibberley High School, located in the town of Palo Alto. And already here he began to show a small number of intellectual abilities. In particular, he played chess well and was captain of the school team in the sport. It is also known that in his youth Michio was able to build a 2.3 million electronvolt particle accelerator. In his own words, the accelerator was needed by him in order to generate a powerful beam of gamma rays and then obtain an antisubstance with them.
Michio demonstrated his homemade designs at the National Science Fair. There he was spotted by the famous physicist, one of the fathers of the hydrogen bomb, Edward Teller. Teller helped Micyo secure a scholarship and attend Harvard University. Not only that, he went on to become Michio’s scientific supervisor.
Further scientific career
In 1968, Kaku became the holder of a bachelor’s degree from Harvard, after which he collaborated with the radiation laboratory in Berkeley.
In 1972 Michio Kaku was awarded a PhD (despite the title, currently this degree has no practical relation to philosophy, in the USA it can be obtained representatives of almost any scientific industry).
In 1973, he was invited to lecture at Princeton University.
In 1974, Kaku published the first in his biography a large scholarly work dealing with string field theory. In one sense, this work was a continuation of the scientific search for the great Albert Einstein, who pondered a lot on the so-called “theory of everything” — a theory that could bring everything together fundamental interactions.
In the 1980s, Micyo attained the status of Professor of Theoretical Physics and became a faculty member at New York City College. It is interesting that to this day he works in this higher educational institution.
Michio Kaku as a popularizer of science
In 1987, co-authored with Jennifer Thompson, Kaku published the first scientific- popular book “Beyond Einstein’s Scientific Thought”. Then followed a number of books, which became best-sellers due to the non-trivial content and simplicity of the syllable. More specifically, we are talking about books such as “Hyperspace” (1994) “Einstein’s Cosmos” (2004), “Physics of the Impossible” (2008), “Physics of the Future” (2011), “The Future of Mind” (2014), “The Future of Humanity” (2018).
And in the 21st century, Kaku began to appear quite frequently in documentaries on non-fiction subjects. So, for example, in 2006, he performed the role of presenter and narrator in a four-episode documentary from the BBC Corporation, “Time”. Each of the four series here focused on one aspect or another of the enigmatic nature of time.
And, let’s say, in January 2007, Kaku took part in a TV project from Discovery Channel “2057”, which suggested how the life of mankind can change over the next fifty years.
In December 2009, Michio Kaku began hosting a weekly documentary series for Science Channel called “Scientific Non-fiction: Physics of the Impossible”. This series was based on one of his bestsellers and consisted of twelve episodes of 30 minutes. In each episode, viewers were introduced to the scientific basis of things like time travel, interstellar ships, parallel worlds, teleportation, invisibility, superpowers, “flying saucers”, etc. Among other things, this series attracted by the fact that here you could hear comments from the world’s leading scientists on a particular topic.
In 2010, Michio Kaku (along with Andrei Linde, Lee Smolin, Roger Penrose, Neil Turok and other reputable cosmologists and physicists) participated in the BBC documentary project “What Was Before The Big Bang”, where he shared his vision of how the universe originated.
It should also be added that for many years Michio Kaku has been hosting his weekly science radio program. It is recorded on Saturdays, lasts three hours, and is broadcast on approximately one hundred commercial radio stations in the United States. But, of course, it can be listened to online from anywhere in the world. The radio program also receives calls from listeners, giving everyone an opportunity to communicate with Professor Kaku.
Interesting facts about scientist
Michio Kaku has a wife whose name is Shizue. And for now, he still lives with her in New York.
Michio Kaku is also the father of two daughters, their names being Alison and Michelle.
One of the scientist’s hobbies is figure skating. A video of him gracefully riding on ice on skates and doing spins can be found on YouTube video hosting.
In the late sixties, Michio Kaku was drafted into the army. He is known to have completed first a basic training course for military personnel at Fort Benning (Georgia) and later an advanced course for infantrymen. Mitio could well be sent to Vietnam (there was a military conflict at that time), but ultimately this never happened.