Sir David Attenborough honoured at T3 Gadget Awards

T3 Gadget Awards 2011: Sir David Attenborough wins Outstanding Contribution to Technology Award

In the only award not to be opened up to the public vote TV personality, documentary host and technology pioneer Sir David Attenborough is honoured for his longstanding contribution to technology

National hero and face of nature documentaries since the birth of broadcasting Sir David Attenborough has been honoured at the T3 Gadget Awards 2011 handed a special award for his Outstanding Contribution to Technology.

Far more than just on onscreen persona Sir David Attenborough has been at the pioneering fore of broadcasting technologies for decades pushing forward the possibilities of television from the days of black-and-white through colour, digital, HD and now 3D formats.

“The cameras I learnt on are now in the Science Museum, as I was lucky enough to be in television right at the birth of broadcasting, when it was full of optical viewfinders and cameramen who viewed everything upside down,” said Sir David Attenborough in an exclusive column for T3.

Sir David Attenborough in 3D

“Every natural history series I’ve worked on has been triggered by some kind of technological change,” said Attenborough showing his truly expansive experience and knowledge of the tech behind the broadcasts.

“Having started 60 years ago with 405-line black-and-white cameras mounted on bicycle wheels, it is thrilling that I should now be making the ultimate visual refinement of the electronic image, with 3D.”

Want to hear more from the great man himself? Well check out T3's interview with Sir David Attenborough earlier this year as he talks all things 3D, tech-related and about how it has been a blessing and a nightmare.

With many factors contributing to Sir David Attenborough being awarded the Outstanding Contribution to Technology title at the 2011 T3 Gadget Awards we want to know your favourite Attenborough documentary. Let us know via the comments box below, and don't forget to peruse the rest of the night's winners in our T3 Gadget Awards winners feature.