- 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 Zoo Quest, 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 (1995) and The Life of Birds (1998), and penned an autobiography, Life on Air: Memoirs of a Broadcaster (2002).
- In 2012, he celebrated his 60th anniversary in broadcasting with a nature documentary series, instead of a televised dinner.
- 2014, BAFTA Television Awards — Best Specialist Factual: Winner
- 1985, Emmy — Outstanding Individual Achievement - Informational Programming - Writing: Nominee
- 2016, Emmy — Outstanding Narrator: Nominee
- 1996, Emmy — Outstanding Informational Series: Nominee
- 2014, Peabody — Personal Award: Winner
- Robert Attenborough — Son
- John Attenborough — Brother
- Jane Elizabeth Ebsworth Oriel — Wife (deceased)
- Richard Attenborough — Brother
- Charlotte Attenborough — Niece
- Mary Attenborough — Mother
- Susan Attenborough — Daughter
- Frederick Attenborough — Father
- Michael Attenborough — Nephew
- University of Cambridge, Clare College, Cambridge, England (BA in Natural Sciences, 1947)
- Birth Name: David Frederick Attenborough
- Birth Place: Isleworth, England
- Birthday: May 8, 1926, Taurus
- Profession: Broadcaster, Writer, Director, Author
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