Sir Patrick Moore Has Died

Sir Patrick Moore, presenter of the BBC program The Sky At Night, has died at the age of 89.

Being most well known for the documentary program he hosted for 55 years (which in the last few years the BBC filmed in his home to accommodate him), he was also the former president of the British Astronomical Association and author of over 70 books on the subject of astronomy, without any formal training in the field. He in fact rejected the opportunity to study at Cambridge in favour of going on his own. As something of a professional amateur, that alone is an inspiring notion. I think it is fair to say that he was as influential to the people of the UK as Carl Sagan was to the people of North America.

Wonderfully eccentric, he began wearing a monocle at the age of sixteen, and a full set of dentures at nineteen. Queen guitarist and co-author Brian May said of him "Patrick is irreplaceable. There will never be another Patrick Moore. But we were lucky enough to get one." He appeared as himself in the Eleventh Hour, the first episode of Doctor Who to feature Matt Smith, and was reportedly the only man to meet Orville Wright, Yuri Gagarin and Neil Armstrong.

For his faults, which we all have, his undying enthusiasm for all things space was commanding and exciting, and fostered in the viewer and reader a desire to love anything as much as Moore obviously loved the stars. Many of his books have a place in my personal library, and while I cannot claim him to being my introduction to the wonders of above, he has since done his fair share of guiding.

Moore never married after his fiance was killed in the Second World War (which left him with a life long hatred of the Germans), and leaves behind only friends, colleagues and those he inspired.

Via The BBC.
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