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Sir David Attenborough, in full Sir David Frederick Attenborough (born May 8, 1926, London, Eng.), English broadcaster and author kept in mind for his ingenious educational programs on tv.


Attenborough early developed a strong interest in natural history. He was informed at Clare College, Cambridge (M.A., 1947), and started work at an academic publishing home in 1949. In 1952 he finished a training program at the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) and came to be a tv manufacturer for the BBC. Together with the reptile curator Jack Lester, in 1954 he originated the tv series "Zoo Quest," in which live pets were filmed in the wild and in zoos. This show proved tremendously preferred and broadened the scope of the educational shows provided by the BBC. In 1965 Attenborough came to be controller of the BBC's brand-new 2nd television network, BBC-2. In this capacity he helped introduce the dramatic production The Forsyte Saga and such site cultural-educational series as Jacob Bronowski's The Ascent of Man and Kenneth Clark's Civilisation.


Attenborough was director of television programs of the BBC from 1968 to 1972, however he surrendered to produce and write television series on a freelance basis. He subsequently wrote (and told) a succession of award-winning television series on anthropology and natural history, consisting of Life on Earth (1979), The Living Planet (1984), The Trials of Life (1990), and The Life of Birds (1998). His later series State of the Planet (2000) and Are We Changing Planet Earth? (2006) dealt heavily with ecological issues such as worldwide warming. Attenborough, the brother of the star and motion-picture manufacturer Sir Richard Attenborough, was knighted in 1985.



Early Life


Attenborough was born in Isleworth, west London, however grew up in College House on the campus of the University College, Leicester, where his father, Frederick, was major. He is the middle of three sons (his senior brother, Richard, became a star and his more youthful brother, John, an exec at Italian automobile manufacturer Alfa Romeo). Throughout World War II, with a British government initiative called Kindertransport, his parents likewise promoted 2 Jewish refugee ladies from Europe.

Attenborough invested his childhood accumulating fossils, stones and various other natural specimens. He got reassurance in this pursuit at age seven, when a young Jacquetta Hawkes admired his "museum". A couple of years later on, among his adoptive sisters gave him a piece of amber filled with primitive animals; some 50 years later on, it would be the focus of his program The Amber Time Machine.

Attenborough was enlightened at Wyggeston Grammar School for Boys in Leicester and then gained a scholarship to Clare College, Cambridge in 1945, where he researched geology and zoology and got a degree in science of matters. In 1947, he was called for national service in the Royal Navy and spent two years posted in North Wales and the Firth of Forth.

In 1950, Attenborough wedded Jane Elizabeth Ebsworth Oriel; the marriage lasted till her death in 1997. The couple had 2 kids, Robert and Susan. Robert is a senior speaker in bioanthropology for the School of Archaeology and Anthropology at the Australian National University in Canberra.