Sir David Attenborough gets Indian Peace Prize
Sir David Attenborough will be honoured with the Indira Gandhi Prize for Peace, Disarmament and Development for 2019.
He’s a renowned naturalist and broadcaster who started his career with the BBC.
The prize, installed in 1986, is awarded by Indira Gandhi Trust to individuals or organisations for promoting peace and well-being in the world.
His name was selected for the prize by an international jury chaired by former president Pranab Mukherjee.
The 2019 Prize is awarded to Attenborough for a lifetime of doing more to reveal the wonders of the natural world to us than perhaps any other individual.
Many international dignitaries like Jimmy Carter, Kofi Annan, Hamid Karzai, Muhammad Yunus, Mary Robinson and Sadako Ogata have been awarded with the Prize.
The prize carries a cash award of Rs2.5 million and a citation.
Besides astronauts, Attenborough is thought to be one of the most travelled human beings in history. For the 1998 series Life of Birds alone, he travelled approximately 420000 kilometres by air. He's hit every continent in the world, culminating in 2009 when he reached the North Pole at the marvellous age of 83.