Attenborough hails scientist Brian Cox as successor

Thu, Jan 31, 2013, 00:00

Wildlife broadcaster Sir David Attenborough has hailed physicist Brian Cox as his natural successor.

Sir David, who has spent six decades bringing the natural world to television audiences, paid tribute to Cox at the annual Radio Times Covers Party at Claridge’s in London.

He said: “If I had a torch I would hand it to Brian.” Sir David’s career has included a stint as controller of BBC2 as well as his presenting of award-winning programmes including Life on Earth, The Living Planet and The Private Life of Plants.

Earlier in the night, Mr Cox had praised Sir David’s “inspirational” example during a ceremony to mark his career.

He said: “There are many, many scientists across the world who cite David’s programmes as being the original inspiration that got them into science.

“He’s contributed to science, and thereby contributed to society, to Britain and indeed the world. That’s what great science communicators can do.” – (PA)