The Faculty of Science, NMMU invites you to a public lecture by
Sir David Attenborough
“Alfred Russel Wallace and the Birds of Paradise”
Date: Monday 11 April 2011
Venue: The Auditorium, Main Building, NMMU South Campus
Enquiries: Michele: 041-504.4737 or email@example.com
Entrance is free, however seating is limited and unreserved.
Below is a brief CV of Sir David Attenborough
DAVID FREDERICK ATTENBOROUGH was born in London, UK. He studied at Clare College, Cambridge, where in 1947 he graduated with a degree in Natural Science. He spent two years in the Royal Navy in North Wales before taking employ as an editor of children’s science textbooks.
In 1952 he began his long and illustrious career at the BBC working his way up as writer, editor, director and producer and also introducing colour television in the United Kingdom. While at BBC2, David developed his own style of nature cinematography – one that filmed nature unobtrusively.
During the accumulation of his monumental portfolio, he has travelled to every part of the Earth, presenting, narrating, displaying, and showcasing the extraordinary natural world – delivering a view of natural science that, in his own words, “is the greatest source of excitement; the greatest source of visual beauty; the greatest source of intellectual interest … the greatest source of so much in life that makes life worth living”.
It was in 1985, that he received his knighthood from Queen Elizabeth the 2nd to become Sir David Attenborough and in 2005 he was awarded the Order of Merit conferred for eminence in his field. He was voted one of the Smithsonian’s 35 Innovators of our Time Who Made a Difference. Added to this, an opinion poll in 2006 by Reader’s Digest names him “the most trusted celebrity in Britain” and according to a list compiled by New Statesman in the same year, he was voted tenth in the list of “Heroes of our time”. He is patron or supporter of many charitable organisations, including Patron of the World Land Trust, which buys rain forest and other land for preservation.
Sir David has visited South Africa several times while filming his many series, traversing the country from Cape to Kruger filming all kinds of amazing wildlife from Matebele ants to spitting cobras.
He has built much of his career around the conviction that the natural world is a beautiful and complex place, and that humankind is in danger of being severed from its natural environs by technology and civilization. Sir David provides poignant glimpses into the astounding world on which we are so dependent. In so doing he fathered the basic structural framework for much of the current science material available on television, such as The Discovery Channel and The Learning Channel. He has provided hours of wonder and awe in a remarkably entertaining way, while maintaining the scientific credibility. Sir David Attenborough has without doubt earned the title of “the alpha male of natural history documentary-making” (Times Online, 22 January 2009).
The NMMU will confer the degree of Doctor Scientiae (honoris causa) on Sir David at the graduation ceremony on Tuesday 12 April at 14.30.
The Public Lecture on Monday 11 April at 19.00, entitled Alfred Russel Wallace and the Birds of Paradise, is likely to be a fascinating presentation and will include unique video footage.