Sunday, December 09, 2012

Outer obit...


Very sorry to read of the death of the 'fearlessly eccentric' Sir Patrick Alfred Caldwell-Moore, CBE, FRS, FRAS [Wiki]. Sir Patrick is amongst the very few 'scientific names' that most people could recognise, highlighting his valuable 'contribution to the popularisation of science over the past fifty years'; he was the presenter of the 'longest-running programme with the same presenter in television history' (24th April 1957 until today, 9th December 2012): The Sky at Night; he "was an English amateur astronomer who attained prominent status in astronomy as a writer, researcher, radio commentator and television presenter. Moore was 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...". What a shame; question now is - for those of you paying attention - will he become a black dwarf, a neutron star, or a black hole?

3 comments:

Paul said...

Patrick Moore and the Weetabix guide to the Solar System fuelled my interest in space as a small boy. Somebody on one of the old BBC boards, can't remember who (possibly Rupe), said they knew him and he was great company.

I liked his glockenspiel playing as well, but then again I was always a fan of Rolf Harris's swimming lessons.

Span Ows said...

Rolf Harris eh...did he touch you? Sorry, uncalled for.

Yes I remember the glockenspiel, not the Weetabix guide though! Do you think Ricicles had the same thing...vague memories...maybe it was Noddy.

Paul said...

Not sure about Ricicles. I do know that elephants have big ears because Noddy won't pay the ransom (works better said than typed!)