Sir David Attenborough to Give University of Leicester Graduates' Association Lecture
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
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
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.
those early days he has been Controller of BBC 2 and Director of Programmes with
editorial responsibility for both the BBC’s television networks.
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).
1997 he narrated the award-winning The
Wildlife Specials, marking 40 years of the BBC Natural History Unit.
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.
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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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