Britain's David Attenborough wins Asturias prize

5th June 2009, Comments 0 comments

The environmental campaigner and broadcaster was awarded the 2009 Prince of Asturias Award for social sciences.

Madrid – British environmental campaigner and broadcaster David Attenborough was awarded one of Spain's top honours, the Prince of Asturias Award for social sciences, for 2009 on Thursday.

"Considered one of the most outstanding science broadcasters in the world and a pioneer in wildlife documentary filmmaking, naturalist David Attenborough has contributed enormously to our knowledge of nature and its conservation," the jury that awards the prize said in a statement.

He was among 28 nominees from 14 countries in the race for the prize, worth EUR 50,000, which he will officially receive from Crown Prince Felipe at a ceremony in October.

"This is an inspiring recognition that the protection of the natural world, which I have dedicated a large part of my life to document, is an important topic for all of humanity," Attenborough said in a statement.

His career in broadcasting spans over five decades. An estimated 500 million people worldwide watched the 13-part series "Life on Earth", which he wrote and presented, according to the BBC which produced the show.

Last year the prize went to Franco-Bulgarian literary theorist and philosopher Tzvetan Todorov.

The Prince of Asturias awards are also given in the fields of communication and humanities, arts, scientific and technical research, international cooperation, letters, international cooperation and sport.

Named after Crown Prince Felipe, the awards are presented in the northern Spanish city of Oviedo, capital of the Asturias region, at a glittering ceremony that is broadcast live on Spanish television.

AFP / Expatica

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