Sir David Attenborough

Sir David Attenborough, OM, CH, broadcaster and naturalist received one of Bangor University's first Honorary Degrees in June 2009 to mark the University's 125th anniversary.

image of David AttenboroughSir David's father studied at Coleg Normal in Bangor, and the family spent many family holidays in the area.

Of his Honour, he said: "I'm delighted and truly honoured to receive the Honorary Degree. I spent many happy holidays on the island (of Anglesey) studying birds and the marvellous fossils on the beach at Penmon.

"I'm thrilled too, because this University has a superb reputation in the study of environmental and marine science. The world needs people skilled in the expertise and research needed to play a crucial part in solving the world's problems. There is no kind of honour I value more highly than that bestowed by a university.

"I think universities are the most important institutions in our society. They are the one place where truth has no reference to commerce or politics, and such kinds of institutions are rare and should be cherished. If one of them gives you an honour it should be an honour to be treasured."