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Sir David Attenborough

Filmmaker Sir David Attenborough has introduced generations to the world of natural history. A television icon in Great Britain, his career as a naturalist and broadcaster has spanned nearly five decades and there are few places on the globe that he has not visited.

Sir Attenborough’s first job – after Cambridge University and two years in the Royal Navy – was at London publishing house Hodder & Stoughton. Then, in 1952, he joined the BBC as a trainee producer. It was there while working on the Zoo Quest series that he had his first opportunity to undertake expeditions to remote regions to capture intimate footage of rare wildlife in its natural habitat.

During his tenure as Controller of BBC2 in the 1960s, Sir Attenborough introduced color television to Britain and was BBC’s Director of Programs. In 1973, he abandoned administration altogether to return to documentary-making and writing.

Over the last 25 years, Sir Attenborough has established himself as the world’s leading natural history program maker with several landmark BBC series. Beginning with the pioneering Life on Earth in 1979, his programs have featured groundbreaking techniques for capturing the natural world and created new benchmarks for wildlife filmmaking. Sir Attenborough, who was knighted in 1985, is a Trustee of the British Museum and the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew; an Honorary Fellow of Clare College, Cambridge; and a Fellow of the Royal Society.

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