Patrick Moore, amateur astronomer and broadcaster, RIP.
by Ziks511 - 12/13/12 3:57 PM
Patrick Moore, compere, as they say over there, of The Sky at Night, the longest running television programme with the same host and title (and network, BBC) died in his home, Farthings, on the West Sussex coast at Selsey.
An eccentric and throw back to the gentleman scientists of the 18th and 19th Centuries, he was educated at home by tutors due to childhood ill-health. At 14 he became the manager of the East Grinstead Observatory. He lied about his age and joined Bomber Command at 16, progressing up through the ranks to officer status as a Navigator. At war's end he was training as a pilot in Canada.
A conspicuous figure who wore a monocle from age 16, he held unconventional and controversial views on immigration, the European Union, and politics in general, being an old school Tory. He declined to accept a scholarship to Cambridge at war's end, preferring "to stand on my own two feet."
He was the noted astronomical authority on the Moon, and wrote numerous books on Astronomy, and in science fiction for younger readers. He appeared everywhere on British TV, and was part of the panel covering the Apollo launches and Moon Landings.