David Attenborough: his life in pictures

On Sunday the 8th May, Sir David Attenborough will turn 90 years old. Seen to have set a glowing example for his use of public service broadcasting, Attenborough has worked tirelessly to draw the fickle public gaze to what matters. He has harnessed the power of technology, drawing people of all ages closer to nature at a time when we have never been so divorced from it. To celebrate his long, illustrious and valuable career, The Gentleman’s Journal presents the defining photos of the eminent naturalist.

1933 – David (centre) with brothers Richard (right) and John

1933 – David (centre) with brothers Richard (right) and John (Photograph: BBC)

John, Richar dand David Attenborough in their youth (AP)

John, Richard and David in their youth (Photograph: Associated Press)

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Attenborough pictured with a parrot at London Zoo (Photograph: BBC)

1958 – Prince Charles and Princess Anne meet Attenborough at Lime Grove studios (Photograph: BBC)

1963 – Attenborough in Australia's Northern Territory (BBC)

1963 – David with a frilled-neck lizard in Australia’s Northern Territory (Photograph: BBC)

Attenborough introduces his son to a coati-mundi from London Zoo (Getty)

Attenborough introduces his son to a coati-mundi from London Zoo (Photograph: Getty)

1963 – Sir David with an armadillo from Attenborough's Animals (BBC)

Sir David with an Armadillo at London Zoo (Photograph: BBC)

1962 – Attenborough leaning on film cans in 1962, when he was head of the Travel and Talks department of the BBC (BBC)

 Attenborough leaning on film cans in 1962, when he was head of the Travel and Talks department of the BBC (Photograph: BBC)

David and Jane Atenoborough on their wedding day (accomapnied by Richard) (EMPICS)

David and Jane Attenborough on their wedding day (accompanied by Richard, right) (Photograph: EMPICS)

1965 - Pictured after being made the new head of BBC 2 (BBC)

1965 – Attenborough pictured after being made the new head of BBC 2 (Photograph: BBC)

Attenborough meets tribesemen in New guinea while filming Zoo Quest (BBC)

Attenborough meets tribesmen in New guinea while filming Zoo Quest (Photograph: BBC)

Attenoborough and Micahel Peacock, controller of the BBC pictured with soft toy version of Custard and Hullabaloo, the kangaroo mascots used as logos for the Launch of BBC 2 (BBC)

Attenborough and Michael Peacock, controller of the BBC, pose with soft toy versions of Custard and Hullabaloo, the kangaroo mascots used during the Launch of BBC 2 (Photograph: BBC)

1985 – Attenborough with his wife Jane (right) and daughter Susan after being knnighted at Buckingham Palace (Associated Press)

1985 – Attenborough with his wife Jane (right) and daughter Susan after being knighted at Buckingham Palace (Photograph: Associated Press)

1986 – David Attenborough with HM Queen Elizabeth II during the recording of her Chsitmas message (Press Association)

1986 – David Attenborough with HM Queen Elizabeth II during the recording of her Christmas message (Photograph: Press Association)

Attenborough experiences zero gravity aboard Nasa's KC135 aircraft (BBC)

Attenborough experiences zero gravity aboard Nasa’s KC135 aircraft (Photograph: BBC)

Sir David at the 13th Annual International Emmy Awards (Getty)

Sir David at the 13th Annual International Emmy Awards (Photograph: Getty)

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Sir David plays with mountain gorillas in Rwanda while filming Life on Earth (BBC)

Feeding an Orangutan (Associated Press)

Attenborough feeds an orangutan (Photograph: Associated Press)

Sir david eyes a swarm of marching Leaf Cutter Ants during the filming of Micro Monsters 3D (BBC)

Sir David eyes leaf-cutter ants during the filming of Micro Monsters 3D (BBC/Colossus)

Another of Kander's pomrtraits (Nadav Kander)

A portrait taken by Nadav Kander for Radio times (Photograph: Radio Times) 

1992 – Sir David has his eyes measured and matched for his waxwork at Madam Tussauds Wax Musueum (Associated Press)

 Sir David has his eyes measured and matched for his waxwork at Madam Tussauds Wax Museum (Photograph: Associated Press)

Attenborough facing off with an iguana (BBC)

Attenborough facing off with an iguana (Photograph: BBC)

Attenborough with a hungry ring-tailed lemur (BBC)

Sir David with a hungry ring-tailed lemur (Photograph: BBC)

Sir David poses with picture of a spider named after him, the Prethopalpus Atteboroughi (Tony Mcdonough)

Sir David poses with picture of a spider named after him, the Prethopalpus Attenboroughi (Photograph: Tony Mcdonough)

Sir David pictured with a Great Mormon Butterfly on his nose at the launch of the Big Butterly count at London Zoo (Press Association)

Sir David pictured with a Great Mormon Butterfly on his nose at the launch of the Big Butterfly count at London Zoo (Photograph: Press Association)

Mandatory Credit: Photo by Nick Cunard / Rex Features ( 336048j ) Richard and David Attenborough DAVID AND RICHARD ATTENBOROUGH - 2001

A famous pair: the late Richard Attenborough shares a joke with brother David (Photograph: Rex features) 

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