Today’s birthday May 8: Scientist and documentary presenter, Sir David Attenborough (1926-)
Sir David Attenborough has been educating the world about natural science for decades and is well known and loved for his enthusiastic documentary presentation style.
Born on May 8, 1926 in London, Attenborough grew up on the campus of University College Leicester, where his father was the principal.
He was fond of collecting fossils and nature specimens from a young age.
He went to Wyggeston Grammar School for Boys in Leicester and gained a degree in Natural Science from Cambridge University.
Attenborough joined the BBC in 1952 and in 1954 he launched the popular series Zoo Quest.
In 1965 he became the controller of BBC2 and was responsible for the introduction of colour television in Britain.
He was Director of Programs in 1969 but resigned in 1973 to explore the world. An estimated 500 million people worldwide tuned in for his landmark program Attenborough’s Life on Earth (1979).
The series took viewers all over the world, introducing them to many species.
The follow ups to the series, The Living Planet (1984) and The Trials of Life (1990), also broke new ground.
In 1993, Attenborough filmed Life in the Freezer, an exploration of Antarctica and followed it up in 1995 with The Secret life of Plants.
His most recent series was Kingdom of Plants 3D (2012).
This year, he released a TV Movie Documentary titled David Attenborough’s Natural History Museum Alive.
The 88-year-old was knighted in 1985 and has honorary degrees from several universities.
He is the younger brother of actor Lord Richard Attenborough.