Dear Sir David,
I think when I eventually die and my whole life flashes before my eyes in those final moments, a good proportion of that terminal autobiography will be favourite scenes from your many television series.
I imagine it will include that wonderful juxtaposition of you unearthing fossils on top of a mountain range, playing delightedly with mountain gorillas, kneeling next to an Emperor penguin on the Antarctic ice, standing in the foreground of a violently erupting volcano, and of course, that familiar, comforting, knowing and inclusive sideways-half-nod-with-the-eyes-closed that underscored countless biological punch lines and conveyed a sense of deep satisfaction and profound appreciation of the extraordinary world around us.
You inspired me to find the beauty, the complexity and simplicity, the sheer wonder in the world I lived in. You instilled a curiosity that saw me fill my pockets with rocks on bush walks, much to the detriment of my seams, and I credit you with partly setting me on the career path I am now proud to walk on.
Thank you for showing me the wonders of Life through the eyes of Sir David Attenborough.
Bianca Nogrady is a freelance science journalist and broadcaster. Her website can be found here and is co-author of The Sixth Wave: How to Succeed in a Resource-Limited World.