Sir Patrick Alfred Moore, Director: 1964-1968, 1971-1976
Sir Patrick Alfred Caldwell-Moore, CBE, HonFRS, FRAS was born in Pinner, England. Known simply as Patrick Moore, he was an amateur astronomer who attained prominent status in astronomy as a writer, researcher, radio commentator and television presenter of the subject. He is credited as having done more than any other to raise the profile of astronomy among the British general public. He was born to Captain Charles Trachsel Caldwell-Moore MC (died 1947) and Gertrude, née White (died 1981 aged 94).
He was a former president of the British Astronomical Association, co-founder and former president of the Society for Popular Astronomy, author of more than 100 books on astronomy, presenter of the longest running television series (with the same original presenter), The Sky at Night on the BBC, and a famous figure on British television.
He served two terms as Lunar Section Director, during which time he stimulated much interest in the observation of transient lunar phenomena.
Sir Patrick Moore died in 2012..
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