The Telescopes of Sir Patrick Moore (1923–2012)

  • Neil English
Part of the Historical & Cultural Astronomy book series (HCA)


The late Sir Patrick Moore (1923–2012) needs no introduction to the astronomical community. A towering figure for over half a century, he was adored by a legion of fans the world over as the eccentric, silver-tongued English writer and presenter of the longest running television series in history, BBC Sky at Night; with an encyclopedic knowledge of astronomy. Inexplicable to Americans, gin guzzling, pipe smoking, xenophobic, insensitive, incomprehensible to some, inflexible, irksome, he was also warm, passionate, generous to a fault, loyal to his friends, an institution in his own right and a law unto himself! (Fig. 40.1)


  1. For a most excellent biography of the life of Sir Patrick Moore, I would highly recommend Martin Mobberley’s 2013 tour de force, It Came From Outer Space Wearing an RAF Blazer! A Fan’s Biography of Sir Patrick MooreGoogle Scholar
  2. In addition, I would highly recommend the sequel to Mobberley’s 2013 biography; Return to the Far Side of Planet Moore!: Rambling Through Observations, Friendships and Antics of Sir Patrick Moore, published by Springer in 2015Google Scholar

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Neil English
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  1. 1.Fintry by GlasgowUK

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