Patrick Moore, 1970s.
© Science Museum / Science & Society Picture Library
Signed portrait photograph taken by Moore (b1923) and showing him standing inside his observatory next to a telescope. Today, Moore has celebrity status thanks to his vigorous popularising of astronomy through broadcasting, writing and public speaking. Since 1957 he has hosted every programme of the long running television series 'The Sky at Night'. This has earned him a place in the 'Guinnes Book of Records' as the longest serving presenter. Moore is a prolific author having written in exces of 60 books over a wide range of astronomical topics. Due to poor health during childhood, he received little formal education, his encyclopaedic knowledge being largely self-taught. His tireles public service was fully recognised in 2001 when he was awarded a knighthood.