Sir David Attenborough Dead: Sir David Frederick Attenborough is an English broadcaster, natural historian, and author who is best known for his work on the BBC. For creating and presenting the nine natural history documentary series that make up the Life collection, in collaboration with the BBC Natural History Unit, he is perhaps best known. The Life collection is considered to be the most thorough survey of animal and plant life on the planet.
He pondered: “I’m just 93 years old, so I don’t have many more years left in this town of mine.
Aston Attenborough was born and raised in Leicester, England, where his father served as president of the local university. His elder brother, Richard Attenborough, subsequently went on to become a well-known actor and film director. David had a keen interest in natural history from an early age. He received his undergraduate and graduate degrees from Clare College, Cambridge (M.A., 1947), and he started working for an educational publishing company in 1949.
The British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) hired him after he finished a training programme in 1952. He went on to work as a television producer for the BBC. In 1954, he and the reptile curator Jack Lester co-created the television series Zoo Quest, in which live creatures were recorded in the wild and in zoos across the country. This programme proved to be very successful, and it helped to broaden the breadth of educational content available on the BBC.
“It’s tough for me to look beyond that since the indications aren’t encouraging.”
The recent Extinction Rebellion rallies in London, however, drew plaudits from Sir David for the way young people seemed to be taking things more seriously following the demonstrations.
He went on to say the following in The Guardian: “Young people may be lacking in experience, but they are also blessed with excellent vision. They may be able to see more clearly than the rest of us who have been around for a long time, though.
He was a former top manager at the BBC, having served as controller of BBC Two and director of programming for BBC Television in the 1960s and 1970s. Attenborough now serves on the BBC Trust’s board of governors. Eight decades have passed since he first appeared on the big screen as a writer, presenter, or narrator in Zoo Quest and Natural World. He has also appeared in the Planet Earth series, as well as The Blue Planet and its sequel. As a result, he is the only individual to have received BAFTAs for programmes produced in black and white, colour, high definition, 3D, and 4K HD.
While Attenborough’s early work was more focused on the marvels of the natural world, his latter work has been more outspoken in favour of environmental issues, particularly in the United Kingdom. He has pushed for the restoration of planetary biodiversity, the limitation of population growth, the use of renewable energy, the reduction of meat consumption, and the establishment of additional protected natural areas.
Several people have attacked him for voicing provocative opinions on the subject of human overpopulation. He believes his 2020 documentary feature, David Attenborough: A Life On Our Planet, to be a personal witness statement of his life and the future, as well as a personal witness statement of the future.