Patrick Moore … to Infinity and Beyond.

the_sky_at_night_largeSIR PATRICK MOORE (1923 – 2012)

One of my heroes British astronomer, broadcaster and author Sir Patrick Moore died at his home yesterday at the age of 89. Best known as the presenter of the long running The Sky at Night, which began in April 1957, Patrick Moore was born in 1923. He developed an interest in astronomy at the age of six and joined the British Astronomical Association at the age of eleven.
Moore lied about his age to join the RAF and fight in World War II at the age of sixteen, and from 1940 until 1945 he served as a navigator in RAF Bomber Command. He first received his flying training in Canada, during which time he met Albert Einstein and Orville Wright while on leave in New York. He later met German rocket scientist Wernher Von Braun and many astronauts and cosmonauts including Neil Armstrong and Yuri Gagarin. Patrick said that if he could have gone back in time to meet someone then it would have been Edmond Halley, of comet fame. As well as being an astronomer and broadcaster he was also a prolific author and gifted musician.

Patrick Moore wrote all of his many books on his old 1908 Woodstock Typewriter

Patrick Moore wrote all of his many books on his old 1908 Woodstock Typewriter

There is a small 1951 link … in 1951 Patrick was a teacher at Holmewood House School in Kent. While he was here he wrote his first book Guide to the Moon and set up at his home a 12½ inch reflector telescope, which he kept with him into his old age.

2028294-L

Happy travels Patrick …

Sir Patrick Moore in 2006

Patrick Moore

Patrick Moore
1923 – 2012

 

 

Advertisements

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s