David Attenborough

Broadcaster and Naturalist

Degree (Hons) in Natural Sciences, Clare College, Cambridge; Postgraduate Degree in Social Anthropology. Formerly with University of London Press. Broadcasting career began in 1952 upon joining BBC Television as a trainee; then became a producer working in the studios of Alexandra Palace in north London, from which the world’s first television service was broadcast. 1954, launched the first of the Zoo Quest series, which took him each year to different parts of the world in search of animals – Sierra Leone (1954), Guyana (1955), Indonesia (1956), Papua New Guinea (1957), Argentina and Paraguay (1958) the Southwest Pacific (1959), Madagascar (1960), northern Australia (1962) and down the Zambezi from source to mouth (1964). 1965, Network Controller, BBC2. 1973, became a programme maker once again, including: “Eastwards with Attenborough”, “The Tribal Eye”, and narrating “Wildlife On One”. 1979, wrote and presented “Life on Earth”, which was succeeded by “The Living Planet” and then “The Trials of Life”. Also presented other long and short series and narrated other major natural history series. Former Trustee: British Museum, the Science Museum and the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. Former President, Royal Society for Nature Conservation. Recipient of numerous honours and awards, including: knighted for services to broadcasting (1985).

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