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Patrick Alfred Caldwell-MooreBorn: Sun 4th March 1923
Died: Sun 9th December 2012 (age: 89)
Sir Patrick Moore, CBE, FRS, FRAS (born in Pinner) is a British amateur astronomer who has attained prominent status in astronomy as a writer, researcher, radio commentator and television presenter of the subject, and who is credited as having done more than any other person to raise the profile of astronomy among the British general public.
He is a former president of the British Astronomical Association, co-founder and former president of the Society for Popular Astronomy (SPA), author of over 70 books on astronomy, and presenter of the world's longest-running television series with the same original presenter, The Sky at Night on the BBC. As an amateur astronomer, he became known as a specialist on observing the Moon and creating the Caldwell catalogue. Idiosyncrasies such as his rapid diction and hismonocle have made him a popular and instantly recognisable figure on British television.
Moore is also a self-taught xylophone and piano player and an accomplished composer, and was also an amateur cricketer, golfer, and chess player. In addition to his many popular science books, he also wrote numerous works of fiction, and was the presenter of 1990s TV series GamesMaster. An opponent of fox hunting, he is an outspoken critic of the European Union, and served as chairman of the short-lived anti-immigration United Country Party. He served in the Royal Air Force during World War II; his fiancée was killed during the war and he never married or had any children.
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