david attenborough facts

On 8 May 2016, Britain’s favourite naturalist, Sir David Attenborough, turned 90! 

 

David Attenborough facts

david attenborough facts

Sir David pictured with a young Prince Charles and Princess Anne.

1. Sir David Attenborough was born on 8 May, 1926, in Isleworth, West London

The same year as Queen Elizabeth II!

2. He was raised on the campus of University College, Leicester

Now the University of Leicester, where his dad was principal.

david attenborough facts

3. Sir David doesn’t count himself as an animal ‘lover’

But instead says he has always been fascinated by them.

4. He’s thrifty! 

At 11 years old he struck a deal selling newts to University College, Leicester for 3d (3 pence) each. The newts only came from a pond 5m away from the university’s zoology department!

david attenborough facts

5. He is the only person to have won BAFTAs for programmes in black and white, colour, HD, and 3D.

6. He doesn’t own a car as he never passed his driving test

He’s also not keen on sending emails, and prefers receiving letters by fax or post.

7. During World War II his parents adopted two Jewish refugee girls from Europe. 

david attenborough facts

8. There’s only one animal Sir David doesn’t like…

Rats!

9. Sir David was rejected from the first job he ever applied for at the BBC

The position of radio talk producer.

10. In 1947 he spent two years serving in the Royal Navy

Based in North Wales and the Firth of Forth.

david attenborough facts

11. When Sir David got his first job in television, he didn’t even own a TV

Like most British people at the time!

12. His first programme, called Coelacanth, looked at the rediscovery of the coelacanth

– a prehistoric fish.

david attenborough facts

13. Sir David has more than ten plants and animals named after him

Such as the Nepenthes attenboroughii – a giant carnivorous plant that devours animals as large as rats – and the UK’s new polar research vessel, RRS Sir David Attenborough.

14. In 1985 he received a knighthood

Granting him the title of Sir David Attenborough.

david attenborough facts

15. He’s thought to be one of the most well-travelled people on the planet

For The Life of Birds documentary, he travelled a whopping 256,000 miles – that”s the same as travelling around the world ten times!

 

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  • demi duncan

    I have been entertained by David Attenborough's work and videos. I love his video's and all the animals he has seen and gone near.

  • Senpai

    hes so cute and pure i love himmmm

  • Arie

    I'm a big fan of Sir David Attenborough. When I grow up I'm going to make a difference to the world just like him.

  • Ebony

    SO HELPFUL WE HAVE TO WRITE A BIOGRAPHY ABOUT HIM!!!

  • max

    AWESOME!

  • Narayan Pillai

    David Attenborough lived for a very long time and he's still alive

  • bbb

    cool

  • cool

  • uni - kitten

    brilliant in everything he does. he's amazing

  • JimmyBob

    Have loved David forever!!

  • Ivy

    Wow I love this you have been my fav person who studies animals plus I did my project on you it was really fun and interesting

  • meinck

    good facts

  • isabella greer

    i love David Attenborough! i always watch hisshows and i hope to be a zoologist when im older

  • Amber mcclunie

    I really enjoyed learning about sir David Attenborough. I am interested in animals as well and hope to become a zoologist. I hate a few animals but rats are one of them.

  • Thomas Sanders

    David Attenborough is amazing! I is going to make a vine for him!

  • kiddo

    I never knew any of these awesome facts about Sir David

  • Alice

    Wow i never knew David Attenborough didn't like rats and that he actually met prince Charles and princess Anne

  • Gail

    I come from Leicester

  • SIMON

    I found out things I didn't know, and I come from Leicester.

  • Joe and ellie

    This was great

  • Really good info on David attenborough

  • Knighty

    Wow!

  • Tom

    David Attenborough is my hero!!!

  • megab

    Hes such an inspiration and an incredible man, he will always be a legend and the world will grieve to his death because hes someone who has show and changed our views in nature :)

  • Maya_c

    I really love you David because you are so inspiring to me!

  • Boris

    Amazing

  • Im cool

    All I want to say is this was a big help on homework! LoL

  • heis

    david attenborogh is the best

  • JohnAplleseed

    Cant believe he won all those baftas

  • rochelledavies2000

    Im doing a speech on rats- Im awed to know david Attenborough doesnt like them either!! :-) xxxxxxx

  • JCB

    Very informative. Im fascinated that he was born in the same year as the Queen!!!

  • LanaB

    I cant believe he doesnt like rats! They can be such friendly animals.

  • Ryan lion

    I found the facts fascinating. We try to watch all the things he dose

  • Puppy123

    Amazing. Just amazing! I love animals. Sir David Attenborough is the best!!!!!

  • James_Gallagher

    Really interesting

  • Mairead

    Hes super!

  • Emilyboo

    Happy birthday Sir David Attenborough! Hope you enjoy! Thank you for doing all your TV shows. My favourite is the Life of Birds documentary.

  • Dolphin1

    Nice facts Sir I salute to you

  • TedTurner

    Sir David is the most inspirational animal lover and Ive learnt so much from his programmes.

  • Glitzyfish

    David has help educate myself and my 3 children. He has brought nature into our house in a way no one ever else has. I know he is respected by my kids when I see their usual kids sitcom/cartoons switched over to catch up on Human Planet. Well done David

  • SarahBattams

    Good to find out more about one of my favourite people. Everything hes produced has been brilliant and ground-breaking, but such a humble man. A legend of our time!

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