20 July, 2008

Patrick Moore

Sir Alfred Patrick Caldwell-Moore known as Patrick Moore, was an English amateur astronomer who had attained legendary status in astronomy as a writer, researcher, radio commentator and television presenter of the subject and who is credited as having done more than any other to raise the profile of astronomy among the British general public.

Moore was a former president of the British Astronomical Association, co-founder and former president of the Society for Popular Astronomy, author of over 70 books on astronomy, presenter of the longest running television series, The Sky at Night on the BBC and a famous figure on British television. He was well known for his rapid mode of speech, trademark monocle, poorly fitting blazers, extremely high trouser line and a fondness for the xylophone. Sir Patrick wass also an accomplished composer entirely self-taught in music.

Moore died on December 9, 2012 at his home in Selsey, West Sussex at the age of 89.

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