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David Frederick Attenborough
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Broadcaster; writer; director; author
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David Attenborough Fast Facts:
Developed an interest in nature at a young age, taking trips to local marshes and fields to observe reptiles and birds.
Spent two years in the Royal Navy.
Got his first postcollegiate job at the London publishing house Hodder & Stoughton.
Was an early champion of filming animals in their natural habitats, as opposed to television studios, and launched
, a program that took him all over the globe, in 1954.
Introduced color television to Britain as the controller of BBC2 in 1965.
Served as the Director of Programs for the BBC from 1969 to 1972.
Knighted by Queen Elizabeth II in 1985.
Had the honor of having a prehistoric animal, the Attenborosaurus, named after him in 1993.
Has written several nature books, including
The Private Life of Plants
The Life of Birds
(1998), and penned an autobiography,
Life on Air: Memoirs of a Broadcaster
In 2012, he celebrated his 60th anniversary in broadcasting with a nature documentary series, instead of a televised dinner.
David Attenborough Relationships:
Robert Attenborough - Son
John Attenborough - Brother
Frederick Attenborough - Father
Mary Attenborough - Mother
Michael Attenborough - Nephew
Jane Elizabeth Ebsworth Oriel - Wife (deceased)
Richard Attenborough - Brother
Charlotte Attenborough - Niece
Susan Attenborough - Daughter
David Attenborough Awards:
1996 Emmy: Outstanding Informational Series - Nominee
1985 Emmy: Outstanding Individual Achievement - Informational Programming - Writing - Nominee
2014 BAFTA Television Awards: Best Specialist Factual - Winner
University of Cambridge, Clare College, Cambridge, England (BA in Natural Sciences, 1947)
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