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British motoring journalist and television presenter Jeremy Clarkson (born April 11, 1960 in Doncaster) is best known for his physically imposing presence, and ebulliently robust manner. He is forthright in his opinions, to the point where some consider him rude and arrogant, and others entertaining.
Jeremy Clarkson was educated at Repton School. Having long been a motoring enthusiast (Clarkson passed his driving test in his grandfather's 'R' Type Bentley), after leaving school he trained as a journalist on the Rotherham Advertiser, before forming the Motoring Press Agency in 1984. During the 1980s he wrote for specialist car magazines such as Performance Car.
The television show Jeremy Clarkson is most associated with is the motoring programme Top Gear, which he has presented from 1989 to 1999, before returning in 2002 when the show underwent a format change. He also presented other motoring-related series such as Star Cars and Jeremy Clarkson's Motorworld
Non-motoring shows Jeremy Clarkson has starred in include:
Clarkson (1998): A one-series chat show.
Jeremy Clarkson's Extreme Machines (1998): where he rode all manner of machines, including a plane, a submarine and an airboat.
Robot Wars (1997): Clarkson presented the first series of the UK version.
Jeremy Clarkson Meets The Neighbours: A notorious Europhobe, Clarkson travelled around Europe, confronting (and in some cases reinforcing) his prejudices.
Have I Got News For You: hosted two episodes, the first in 2002 and the second in 2005.
Inventions That Changed the World - five episodes featuring the invention of the gun/computer/aeroplane/telephone/television from a British point of view.
Jeremy Clarkson is interested not only in cars but engineering in general, especially pioneering work, as his programmes on Brunel and the Colossus computer have shown. In April 2004, Clarkson appeared on the British talk show Parkinson and mentioned that he was writing a book about the 'soul' many machines have. He cited Concorde as his primary example: when people heard it had crashed, quite aside from the sadness they felt for the loss of human life, there was also almost a sadness for the machine. The book, titled I Know You Got Soul, was published in October 2004.
Jeremy Clarkson, being one of the passengers on the last BA Concorde flight on October 24, 2003, paraphrased Neil Armstrong to describe the retiring of Concorde: "This is one small step for a man, but one huge leap backwards for mankind".
His latest book, The World According to Clarkson was at number one in the charts for eight weeks.
Jeremy Clarkson was awarded an honorary degree from Brunel University in 2003, partly because of his work popularizing engineering topics and partly because of his advocacy of Isambard Kingdom Brunel in the 100 Greatest Britons programme. In 2005, the School of Technology at Oxford Brookes University awarded him with an honorary engineering doctorate on the same grounds. This led to protests from various hard line green organisations.
After receiving his honorary degree on September 12, a protestor hit Jeremy Clarkson in the face with a banana meringue pie at the photo call following the ceremony. Three others waved placards outside the presentation. He had previously defended his record on environmental issues, saying: I do have a disregard for the environment. I think the world can look after itself and we should enjoy it as best we can. His response to the incident was good-humoured, "Good shot!", followed by "Delicious... kind of banana taste but too much sugar."