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Attenborough Class (Year 3)

Sir David Attenborough OM, GCMG, CH, CVO, CBE

Sir David Attenborough needs no introduction. With over 32 degrees, countless awards, and not one but two knighthoods for services to television broadcasting and conservation, the 96-year-old naturalist is the nation's most recognised television broadcaster.


Born in May 1926 and educated at Wyggeston Grammar School, Leicester, and Clare College, Cambridge, Sir David obtained a degree in Natural Sciences. After two years National Service in the Royal Navy, he spent some time on the editorial side of the University of London Press before moving into broadcasting. 


Sir David’s broadcasting career spans over 50 years, from 1952 when he joined the BBC as a trainee, later becoming a producer. After 10 years of making BBC programmes, he resigned to take a post-graduate degree in social anthropology. He returned to the BBC in 1965 as a Director of programmes and later become a narrator of wildlife series including 'The Living Planet' and 'Life on Earth'. 


In his 94 years, Attenborough has visited every continent on the planet, documenting the living world in all its variety and wonder. Recently, he has begun to reflect upon the devastating changes to the planet he has seen in his lifetime and has joined the fight against climate change.


Find out more about Sir David Attenborough here: Sir David Attenborough