Prior to the presentation of the fourth annual Charleston-EFG John Maynard Keynes Prize, Sir David Attenborough will deliver an illustrated talk devised for the occasion:
Beauty and the Beasts
Can some animals be justifiably described as artists? Darwin and Wallace, the co-proposers of the theory of evolution, disagreed profoundly on the answer. Recent video evidence suggests which was right.
Like John Maynard Keynes, Sir David Attenborough is a man of many parts: he has uniquely brought both nature and the arts to countless millions through his natural history extravaganzas and as Controller of BBC2 television in the 1960s, commissioning programmes such as Civilisation. Beginning with Life on Earth in 1979, his panoramic TV series have become the lens through which we now view nature and a significant spur to ending environmental destruction. The latest, Blue Planet 11, was a major world cultural event in 2017. His current book, Adventures of a Young Naturalist, takes us back to his Zoo Quest days. He has had many species named after him.
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The Prize was established to award an individual of exceptional talents in the spirit of John Maynard Keynes’ work and legacy. The panel of advisors comprises: Dame Liz Forgan (Chair); Professor Simon Keynes; Professor Michael Proctor; Lord Robert Skidelsky and Helen Park-Weir (EFG International).