#TheChapMag Rest in Space, Sir Patrick Moore

Rest in Space, Sir Patrick Moore

Published on December 9th, 2012

England’s best-loved and most eccentric astronomer, Sir Patrick Moore, has died aged 89 at his home in Sussex.

Much loved for his enthusiastic delivery and extra curricular activities, which included playing the xylophone, writing children’s stories and composing operas, Sir Patrick was involved with BBC television’s The Sky at Night for over 55 years, and its host for four decades. His colourful career began in the Second World War, when he lied about his age to join the RAF, serving first with Bomber Command and then rising to the rank of Flight Lieutenant. During the War his fiancee, Lorna, was killed when an ambulance she was driving was hit by a bomb. The grief-stricken Moore never married but remained devoted to his mother, who had lost her husband before the War.

In a rather disturbing coincidence, The Chap had sent Michael Attree to interview Sir Patrick just weeks ago for the current edition, and this has turned out to be the great astronomer’s final interview. They discussed Sir Patrick’s early interest in the planets, influenced by his mother’s short stories about aliens. They also talked about Sir Patrick’s views on Doctor Who, gentlemanly self-defence, extra-terrestrial life and UFOs, the two operas he wrote, the Clangers and of course facial hair.

Sir Patrick Alfred Caldwell Moore
4th March 1923-9th December 2012

8 Responses to “Rest in Space, Sir Patrick Moore”

  1. Psyfer says:

    This is very sad to hear. My deepest sympathies and condolences go out to his friends and his family.

    He will be missed.

  2. Dave Hatherell says:

    The night sky over southern England last night [09 December] was stunning. Welcome home Sir Patrick.

  3. Matthew May says:

    First the Sebastien Horsley interview… now Sir Patrick.

    Is there any chance you could organise an interview with Michael Gove MP?

  4. Mark S Walker says:

    A true Chap amongst chaps. I fear his likes will not be seen again.

  5. Paul Garvey says:

    Truly an officer, and a gentleman.

  6. Hugo Chomondley-Warner says:

    A remarkable Renaissance chap and not a little handy with a xylophone shaft. I shall fill a bowl of Brown Study in his honour and ponder the orbs above.

  7. Count Horatio Theobaldo says:

    First, Sir Patrick and now the Great Richard Briers. If I were Ben Miller, I’d be a little worried…..

  8. Lord Rochester says:

    An expert on all things astronomical but rather remiss to leave out any mention of his extreme right wing political views! Just because one is a character does mean that one has good character…

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