Sir Michael Palin was born in 1943 in Sheffield. He was a member of the British comedy troupe Monty Python and is well-known from numerous film and television productions. He has published several travel reports, novels and journals, and filmed highly acclaimed travel documentaries. From 2009 until 2012, he was President of the Royal Geographical Society and was named a BAFTA Fellow in 2013. At the end of 2018 he was knighted by Queen Elizabeth II.