Sir David Attenborough

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Sir David Attenborough has been a leading figure in British broadcasting since he joined the BBC in 1952, and created his now famous Zoo Quest programmes.

Sir David Attenborough

Born in 1926, Sir David studied Natural Sciences at Cambridge, before spending two years in the Navy. From 1965 he was Controller of BBC2, a period that launched pioneering television programmes like Civilization and The Ascent of Man, but returned to filmmaking in 1972, and to his collaboration with BBC Natural History Unit in Bristol. Starting with Life on Earth in 1979, Sir David created a succession of remarkable programmes, including Trials of Life (1990), Life of Birds (1998), Life in the Undergrowth (2005), Life in Cold Blood (2007) and Life that Glows (2016); films that have become the benchmark for natural history production. The David Attenborough Building celebrates both Sir David’s association with the University of Cambridge, and his influence on generations of naturalists and conservationists around the world.

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