David Attenborough

Sir David Frederick Attenborough (/ˈætənbərə/; born 8 May 1926) is an English broadcaster, natural historian and author. He is best known for writing and presenting, in conjunction with the BBC Natural History Unit, the nine natural history documentary series forming the Life collection that constitute a comprehensive survey of animal and plant life on Earth.


David Attenborough

Attenborough at the opening of the Weston Library in March 2015
Born
David Frederick Attenborough

(1926-05-08) 8 May 1926 (age 95)
Alma materUniversity of Cambridge (BA), London School of Economics
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Years active1951–present
TitleController of BBC2 (1965–1969)
President of the Royal Society for Nature Conservation (1991–1996)
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Jane Elizabeth Ebsworth Oriel
(m. 1950; died 1997)
Children2
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Attenborough is a former senior manager at the BBC, having served as controller of BBC Two and director of programming for BBC Television in the 1960s and 1970s. His filmography as writer, presenter and narrator spans eight decades; it includes Zoo Quest, Natural World, Wildlife on One, the Planet Earth franchise, The Blue Planet and its sequel. He is the only person to have won BAFTAs for programmes in black and white, colour, high-definition, 3D and 4K resolutions.

While Attenborough's earlier work focused more on the wonders of the natural world, his later work has been more vocal in support of environmental causes. He has advocated for restoring planetary biodiversity, limiting population growth, renewable energy, reducing meat consumption, and setting aside more areas for natural preservation. He has been criticised for expressing controversial views on human overpopulation.[2] He considers his 2020 documentary film, David Attenborough: A Life On Our Planet, his personal witness statement of his life and the future.

On his broadcasting and passion for nature, NPR stated he "roamed the globe and shared his discoveries and enthusiasms with his patented semi-whisper way of narrating".[3] In 2018 and 2019, Attenborough received Primetime Emmy Awards for Outstanding Narrator.[4][5] He is widely considered a national treasure in the UK, although he himself does not like the term.[6][7][8] He is the younger brother of the late director, producer and actor Richard Attenborough,[9] and older brother of the late motor executive John Attenborough.