Patrick Caldwell Moore CBE FRS FRAS

Died aged 89

Sir Patrick Alfred Caldwell-Moore CBE HonFRS FRAS (/ˈkɔːldwɛl/; 4 March 1923 – 9 December 2012) was an English amateur astronomer who attained prominence in that field as a writer, researcher, radio commentator and television presenter. Moore was president of the British Astronomical Association; co-founder and president of the Society for Popular Astronomy; author of over seventy books on astronomy; and presenter of the world's longest-running television series with the same original presenter, BBC's The Sky at Night (from 1957). He became known as a specialist in Moon observation and for creating the Caldwell catalogue. Idiosyncrasies such as his rapid diction and monocle made him a popular and instantly recognisable figure on British television. Moore was also a self-taught xylophonist and pianist, as well as an accomplished composer. He was an amateur cricketer, golfer and chess player. In addition to many popular science books, he wrote numerous works of fiction. He was an opponent of fox hunting, an outspoken critic of the European Union and a supporter of the UK Independence Party, and he served as chairman of the short-lived anti-immigration United Country Party. He served in the Royal Air Force during World War II.

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Astronomer author & broadcaster Sir Patrick Caldwell Moore FRS 1923-2012 lived here at 'Farthings' between 1968-2012 His garden had several observatories. Presenter of the BBC TV series 'The Sky at Night' for 55 years. Author of over 200 books. Keen cricketer and musician. An inspiration to millions.

Farthings, Selsey, United Kingdom where they lived (1968-2012)