British television presenter and historian, and Patron of Humanists UK
Born in December 1978, Dan Snow is the youngest son of BBC journalist Peter Snow and Canadian journalist Ann MacMillan, He was educated at St Paul’s School, London and Balliol College, Oxford where he read history and rowed three times in the Boat Race. In 2003 he made his television debut alongside his father in a BBC film about El Alamein. This was followed by the series Battlefield Britain and numerous other history programmes for the BBC. He has also presented on many state occasions such as the 200th anniversary celebration of the Battle of Trafalgar, the 60th anniversary of the end of World War Two, the 90th anniversary of the Armistice in November 2008, and has won many awards for his television work.
His books include: Battlefield Britain (with Peter Snow, 2004); The World’s Greatest Twentieth-century Battlefields (with Peter Snow, 2007); Death or Victory: the Battle of Quebec and the birth of Empire(2009). Buy them at Amazon.co.uk through this link and a small commission will go to Humanists UK.
He was appointed Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) in the 2019 Birthday Honours for services to history.
Dan commented on his identification as a humanist in 2014:
I am humanist because none of the faiths have produced any reliable evidence for me to be anything else. My study of history has convinced me that man has invented God, not the other way around… The idea that God the creator of the universe particularly wanted us all to go and praise his name, sing songs about him and be led in worship by a particularly holy man wearing a robe struck me as absurd.
An interview in the Evening Standard, November 2013, about his atheism and Remembrance Sunday, amongst other things
His Wikipedia profile