Patrick Moore: The Autobiography

By Patrick Moore

Throughout his amazing profession, Patrick Moore has, indubitably, performed extra to elevate the profile of astronomy one of the British public than the other determine within the clinical international. because the presenter of The Sky at evening on BBC tv for almost 50 years he was once venerated with an OBE in 1968 and a CBE in 1988. In 2001 he used to be knighted 'for companies to the popularisation of technology and to broadcasting'. The BBC first aired The Sky at evening in April 1957 and it really is now within the checklist books because the world's longest working television sequence with a similar presenter. he's additionally the writer of over 60 books on astronomy, all of which, together with his autobiography were written on his 1908 typewriter. partially due to his larger-than-life character, Sir Patrick's personal popularity extends a ways behond astronomical circles. A self-taught musician and gifted composer, he has displayed his xylophone-playing talents on the Royal sort functionality and as a passionate supporter of cricket, he has performed for the Lord's Taverners charity cricket team.

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