While we have just celebrated someone else’s 90th Birthday recently there is only one persons 90th Birthday that has us excited here at B Sunglasses HQ and that’s the legend that is Sir David Attenborough who turns 90 on the 8th of May.
When you think of wildlife programs the first name that comes to mind is the one and only David Attenborough. With an unmistakable voice and a passion for nature and wildlife that is unmatched, he is quite literally a national treasure, though he is not a fan of that term.
He started off serving as the controller of BBC Two before becoming the director of programming for BBC television in the 60s and 70s, he then went on to presenting nine Life series, countless nature programs, wrote numerous books and he is the only person to have won a BAFTA for programmes in both black and white, colour, HD and finally 3D.
During his lifetime of achievement, David Attenborough has received myriad honors. He was knighted in 1985, received the Order of Merit from Queen Elizabeth in 2002 and holds at least 31 honorary degrees from British universities, including Oxford and Cambridge. Attenborough is also the most traveled person in recorded human history, and is the oldest person to have ever visited the North Pole. But in perhaps the most fitting tribute of all, several species of plants, insects and birds have been graced with Attenborough’s name, ensuring that it will live alongside the many creatures that he has spent his life celebrating and protecting.
He published his biography, Life on Air, in 2002, and in 2012 was the subject of the BBC documentary Attenborough: 60 Years in the Wild. In 2014 a poll revealed that he was considered to be the most trustworthy public figure in Britain.
His latest show “Great Barrier Reef” could well be David Attenborough’s last ‘proper’ documentary. He will still be involved in documentaries and will still narrate them but it is looking like this could be the veteran broadcaster’s last on-the-road documentary where he’s involved intensely and goes on locations a lot throughout the year or two of the project.
During an interview on BBC Radio One, Sir David was asked to narrate the video for Adele’s new song. He obliged, giving it the trademark Attenborough voice-over once-over. “Like all pop stars, she needs to hunt to survive,” he begins. “The lesser spotted Adele is about to be everywhere again.”
A dinosaur, the Attenborosaurus, has been named after Sir David by the Natural History Museum. A flower in Ecuador, a species of parasitic wasp and a flesh-eating plant are also all named after him.
David Attenborough has brought so many incredible sites to our tv screens and introduced us to so many new specials of animals and plants its hard to chose the most memorable moment but in 2006 British television viewers were asked to vote for their favourite Attenborough moments for a UKTV poll to coincide with the broadcaster’s 80th birthday. The winning clip showed Attenborough observing the mimicry skills of the superb lyrebird.
We think it is safe to say that David Attenborough is without a doubt one of the most loved people in the UK, if not the whole world, he has introduced several generations of viewers to sights we could only dream of and he has become a national institution. We would like to wish Sir David Attenborough a very Happy 90th Birthday.
Have you got a favourite Attenborough moment? If so let us know in the comments.
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