University of Leicester eBulletin

Sir David Attenborough to Give University of Leicester Graduates' Association Lecture

January 2003
No 22

Hot on the heels of his hugely popular BBC television series The Life of Mammals, the naturalist and broadcaster Sir David Attenborough will give the 2003 University of Leicester Graduates’ Association Lecture at the De Montfort Hall in Leicester on Thursday, February 13, 2003 at 6 pm.

Sir David’s connections with the University of Leicester go back to his childhood when his father, Frederick Attenborough, was Principal of what was then the University College, and he and his two brothers – one of whom is the actor and film director Lord (Richard) Attenborough - grew up in College House on the University campus. He met his wife, Jane, at the University, where they were both students at the time.

He has been delighting the public ever since his broadcasting career began in 1952 when he joined the BBC Television Talks Department at Alexandra Palace. His career indicated the direction it was to take in 1954, with the launch of his famous Zoo Quest series, which over the next ten years took him to the wilder parts of the world.  

Since those early days he has been Controller of BBC 2 and Director of Programmes with editorial responsibility for both the BBC’s television networks.

After his return to programme-making and presenting he has accumulated a long list of titles that have become household names. Among them are the 13-part series Life on Earth (1979), The Living Planet (1984), The Trials of Life (1990), Life in the Freezer (1993), The Private Life of Plants (1995), Attenborough in Paradise (1996), The Life of Birds (1998), The Blue Planet (2001).

In 1997 he narrated the award-winning The Wildlife Specials, marking 40 years of the BBC Natural History Unit.

Sir David Attenborough was knighted in 1985 and is a Fellow of the Royal Society. He is an honorary graduate of the University of Leicester and a Freeman of the City.

The University of Leicester Graduates’ Association Lecture and multi-media presentation entitled Discovery and the Camera, is open to the public. Please note that all tickets for this event have been allocated.

NOTE TO EDITORS:   Further details on photograph and interview opportunities are available from Kathryn Whitehurst, Graduate Relations Officer, University of Leicester Graduate Relations Office, telephone 0116 252 2195, facsimile 0116 252 2485, email

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