Sir Patrick Moore

Posted by pt91 at Dec 10, 2012 10:00 AM |
We have learnt, with regret, of the death of astronomer and broadcaster Sir Patrick Moore on 9 December

Sir Patrick was universally known for his long-running BBC TV Series, The Sky at Night, which has been running since 1957. He has worked with many University of Leicester staff on several occasions, and was awarded by the University with an honorary Doctor of Science degree in 1996. In 2008, he was awarded a Distinguished Honorary Fellowship, the highest award that the University can give.

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.

Colleagues from Leicester were guests on Sky at Night on many occasions over the years. I believe my first one was in 1972, talking about results from the first X-ray Astronomy satellite. Patrick was always generous with his time and would never allow us to defray his expenses when visiting the University to open our Planetarium, a new telescope at the Oadby Observatory, or give a popular lecture. We agreed to disagree on political issues but shared a love for cricket, both accepting our gradual decline over the years. Patrick was a leg spinner of good club standard in his prime.  A proud boast was a career haul of wickets exceeding his total runs scored. I will miss him.
Professor Ken Pounds, Emeritus Professor of Space Physics

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