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Moore, Sir Patrick (Alfred) Caldwell-locked

Kt 2001; CBE 1988 (OBE 1968)

Born 4 March 1923; s of late Capt. Charles Caldwell-Moore, MC, and Gertrude Lilian Moore; died 9 Dec. 2012

free-lance author, since 1968


privately (due to illness)


Served with RAF, 1940–45: Navigator, Bomber Command. Concerned in running of a school, 1945–52; free-lance author, 1952–65; Dir of Armagh Planetarium, 1965–68. TV Series, BBC, The Sky at Night, 1957–; radio broadcaster. Composed and performed in Perseus and Andromeda (opera), 1975, Theseus, 1982, and Galileo, 2000. Pres., British Astronomical Assoc., 1982–84. Honorary Member: Astronomic-Geodetic Soc. of USSR, 1971; Royal Astronomical Soc. of New Zealand, 1983; Royal Astronomical Soc. of Canada, 1994. Editor, Year Book of Astronomy, 1962–. Lorimer Gold Medal, 1962; Goodacre Gold Medal, 1968; Arturo Gold Medal (Italian Astronomical Socs), 1969; Jackson-Gwilt Medal, RAS, 1977; Roberts-Klumpke Medal, Astronom. Soc. of Pacific, 1979. Fellow, QMW. Hon. FRS 2001. Hon. DSc: Lancaster, 1974; Hatfield Polytechnic, 1989; Birmingham, 1990; Leicester, Keele, 1995; Portsmouth, 1998; Glamorgan, 2001; TCD, 2002


More than 100 books, mainly astronomical, including The Amateur Astronomer, 1970, rev. edn 2006; Atlas of the Universe, 1970, rev. edn 2007; Guide to the Planets, 1976; Guide to the Moon, 1976; Can You Speak Venusian?, 1977; Guide to the Stars, 1977; Guide to Mars, 1977; (jtly) Out of the Darkness: the Planet Pluto, 1980; The Unfolding Universe, 1982; Travellers in Space and Time, 1983; (jtly) The Return of Halley’s Comet, 1984; Stargazing, 1985; Exploring the Night Sky with Binoculars, 1986; The A–Z of Astronomy, 1986; TV Astronomer, 1987; Astronomy for the Under-Tens, 1987; Astronomers’ Stars, 1987; (jtly) The Planet Uranus, 1988; The Planet Neptune, 1989; Space Travel for the Under Tens, 1989; Mission to the Planets, 1990; A Passion for Astronomy, 1991; The Earth for Under Tens, 1992; Fireside Astronomy, 1992; The Starry Sky, 1994; The Great Astronomical Revolution, 1994; Stars of the Southern Skies, 1994; Guinness Book of Astronomy, 1995; Teach Yourself Astronomy, 1995, rev. edn 2008; Eyes on the Universe, 1997; Sun in Eclipse, 1999; West Country Eclipse, 1999; Patrick Moore on Mars, 1999; The Wandering Astronomer, 2000; Patrick Moore on the Moon, 2000, new edn 2006; The Star of Bethlehem, 2001; The Data Book of Astronomy, 2001; 80 Not Out (autobiog.), 2003; Patrick Moore: the autobiography, 2005; (with Arthur C. Clarke) Asteroid, 2005; Stars of Destiny, 2005; Venus, 2006; (jtly) Bang! The Complete History of the Universe, 2006; Ancient Lights, 2008; Can You Play Cricket on Mars?, 2009; Legends of the Stars, 2009; Countdown, 2009; The Twitmarsh File, 2010; The New Astronomy Data Book, 2011; First Book of Stars, 2011; (jtly) The Cosmic Tourist, 2012


Cricket, chess, tennis, music, xylophone playing (composer of music in recordings The Ever Ready Band Plays Music by Patrick Moore, 1979, The Music of Patrick Moore, 1986, Moore Music, 1999)


Athenæum, Lord’s Taverners; Sussex County Cricket


Farthings, 39 West Street, Selsey, West Sussex, PO20 9AD