University of Leicester pays tribute to Sir Patrick Moore

Posted by pt91 at Dec 10, 2012 10:20 AM |
Broadcaster and astronomer had longstanding links to Leicester

University of Leicester academics have paid tribute to Sir Patrick Moore, who passed away on Sunday 9 December.

Sir Patrick had a long association with the University and our Department of Physics and Astronomy. His friendship to the University was so valued that he was awarded an honorary Doctor of Science degree in 1996, and then a Distinguished Honorary Fellowship in 2008, the highest award that the University can give.

Sir Patrick was of course known for his long-running BBC TV Series, The Sky at Night, which has been running since 1957 and counts Dr Paul Abel, a lecturer here at the University, amongst its co-presenters. He was also a patron of the National Space Centre, the brainchild of the University of Leicester, and we were delighted when Sir Patrick contributed an article to Leicester Exchanges entitled Onward to Mars.

Members of the University have given their personal tributes:

Professor Martin Barstow, Head of the College of Science and Engineering

Dr Paul Abel, co-presenter of The Sky at Night and lecturer in the Centre for Interdisciplinary Science.

Professor Ken Pounds, Emeritus Professor of Space Physics

 

Graduation 1996 - Sir Patrick Moore's response (YouTube video)
Graduation 2008 - Oration for Sir Patrick Moore
Graduation 2008 - Sir Patrick Moore's Response
Graduation 2008 - Sir Patrick Moore's Oration and Response (YouTube Video)
Seven centuries of The Sky at Night
Obituaries in the media:
The Independent
The Guardian
BBC News

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