Wise words: Sir David Attenborough

Douglas Firs, Sutherland's Grove“I know of no pleasure deeper than that which comes from contemplating the natural world and trying to understand it.”  

Sir David Attenborough, ‘Life on Air

Sir David was awarded the Livingstone Medal in 1989 and the Scottish Geographical Medal in 2011.  He is a Fellow of the RSGS.

I love this extract from GeogScot (forerunner of The Geographer) in June 1990:  “Sir David had hoped to be present at our honours ceremony in October 1989 but had been prevented from attending at the last moment when, earlier than expected, the optimum conditions for filming migrating moose in Alaska required him to be there.”

Such passion and dedication – he is one of my all-time heroes.  If you have a chance to read his autobiography, ‘Life on Air‘, I can totally recommend it.

Photo © Colin Woolf

Writer and editor at The Hazel Tree (www.the-hazel-tree.com). Writer in Residence at the Royal Scottish Geographical Society and writing a blog on great explorers at www.rsgsexplorers.com

10 thoughts on “Wise words: Sir David Attenborough

    • My hero too, and an inspiration to us all. It is a pleasure to read his books, and it feels as if the whole country stops to watch his latest programmes. I took a look at your blog – lovely work, and I like ‘Fleeting’ especially. Thanks for your comment!

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