Broadcaster and naturalist Sir David Attenborough was born 8 May 1926. He studied Natural Sciences at Cambridge University, graduating in 1947, the year he began his two years National Service in the Royal Navy.
In 1952, he joined BBC Television at Alexandra Palace and, in 1954, began his famous "Zoo Quest" series. When not "Zoo Questing", he presented political broadcasts, archaeological quizzes, short stories, gardening and religious programmes.
"If we stand a chance of averting climate and biodiversity breakdowns and cleaning up polluted ecosystems, it's because millions of us fell in love with the planet."
Sir Attenborough has received honorary degrees from many universities across the world, and is patron or supporter of many charitable organisations, including acting as Patron of the World Land Trust, which buys rain forest and other lands to preserve them and the animals that live there.
He is believed to be one of the most travelled men in history. Besides astronauts, Attenborough is thought to be one of the most travelled human beings in history. For the 1998 series Life of Birds alone, he travelled 256,000 miles by air. He's hit every continent in the world, culminating in 2009 when he reached the North Pole at the marvellous age of 83.
"We know what the problems are and we know how to solve them. All we lack is unified action."
Sir David Attenborough has been named a Champion of the Earth by the UN's Environment Programme. The prestigious award recognises the 96-year-old's commitment to telling stories about the natural world and climate change.Accepting the award, Sir David said the world must take action now to protect nature and the planet. That environmental success stories should give us hope that change is possible.
"Fifty years ago, whales were on the very edge of extinction worldwide. Then people got together and now there are more whales in the sea than any living human being has ever seen," he suggested.
"Many individuals are doing what they can. But real success can only come if there is a change in our societies and in our economics and in our politics."
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