Sir Patrick Moore CBE FRS
10 December 2012
British astronomer, broadcaster and LJMU Honorary Fellow Sir Patrick Moore CBE FRS died on Sunday 9 December.
LJMU Vice-Chancellor Professor Nigel Weatherill said:
"Sir Patrick was an inspirational figure who motivated many generations not just to look at the stars, but to question our understanding of the physical world around us. He was a great supporter of Liverpool John Moores University. He will be greatly missed."
Undoubtedly Britain's most famous contemporary astronomer, Sir Patrick's detailed maps of the moon's surface were used by NASA as part of the preparations for the moon landing. He presented the first edition of The Sky at Night on 24 April 1957, six months before the launch of Sputnik, which heralded the beginning of the modern space age.
Over the next five decades, everyone who was anyone in the world of stars and space occupied the interviewee's chair, and when Moore was awarded a BAFTA for services to television in 2001, the award was presented by astronaut Buzz Aldrin. Sir Patrick presented the monthly programme for more than half a century, missing only one show.
Sir Patrick was a long standing supporter of the University's internationally acclaimed Astrophysics Research Institute and the Liverpool Telescope, hosting several episodes of the 'Sky at Night' about the telescope and the National Schools Observatory. He also co-authored a book entitled The Complete History of the Universe with LJMU Chancellor Dr Brian May and Chris Lintott.
Professor Mike Bode, Director of the Astrophysics Research Institute, added:
"There is no doubt that Patrick Moore inspired more than one generation of budding scientists. I was certainly one of them, and I count myself so fortunate to have known him personally for nearly 40 years. He was no different in real life from what you saw on the screen - a real enthusiast for all he did, and just so generous with his time no matter who you were. This sad news marks the passing of a unique talent and personality who will be missed so very much by so many people."