David Attenborough





David Attenborough

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in London, The United Kingdom
May 08, 1926

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Sir David Frederick Attenborough is a naturalist and broadcaster, who is most well-known for writing and presenting the nine "Life" series, produced in conjunction with BBC's Natural History Unit. The series includes Life on Earth (1979), The Living Planet (1984), The Trials of Life (1990), Life in the Freezer (about Antarctica; 1993), The Private Life of Plants (1995), The Life of Birds (1998), The Life of Mammals (2002), Life in the Undergrowth (2005) and Life in Cold Blood (2008).

He is the younger brother of director and actor Richard Attenborough.

Photo credit: Wildscreen's photograph of David Attenborough at ARKive's launch in Bristol, England © May 2003


Average rating: 4.33 · 5,134 ratings · 359 reviews · 78 distinct works · Similar authors
David Attenborough's Life o...
4.37 of 5 stars 4.37 avg rating — 1,143 ratings — published 2002 — 10 editions
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Life on Earth
4.39 of 5 stars 4.39 avg rating — 942 ratings — published 1979 — 19 editions
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The Life of Birds
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The Life of Mammals
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The Living Planet
4.23 of 5 stars 4.23 avg rating — 351 ratings — published 1984 — 11 editions
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The Private Life of Plants:...
4.36 of 5 stars 4.36 avg rating — 286 ratings — published 1994 — 12 editions
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David Attenborough Life Sto...
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Amazing Rare Things: The Ar...
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Life in the Undergrowth
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The Trials of Life: A Natur...
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“It seems to me that the natural world is the greatest source of excitement; the greatest source of visual beauty; the greatest source of intellectual interest. It is the greatest source of so much in life that makes life worth living.”
David Attenborough

“I don’t know [why we're here]. People sometimes say to me, ‘Why don’t you admit that the humming bird, the butterfly, the Bird of Paradise are proof of the wonderful things produced by Creation?’ And I always say, well, when you say that, you’ve also got to think of a little boy sitting on a river bank, like here, in West Africa, that’s got a little worm, a living organism, in his eye and boring through the eyeball and is slowly turning him blind. The Creator God that you believe in, presumably, also made that little worm. Now I personally find that difficult to accommodate…”
David Attenborough

“I don't think whole populations are villainous, but Americans are just extraordinarily unaware of all kinds of things. If you live in the middle of that vast continent, with apparently everything your heart could wish for just because you were born there, then why worry? [...] If people lose knowledge, sympathy and understanding of the natural world, they're going to mistreat it and will not ask their politicians to care for it.”
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