ROYAL ASTRONOMICAL SOCIETY HONOURS PATRICK MOORE
The Council of the Royal Astronomical Society announced today that it is to make a special Millennial Award to Patrick Moore in recognition of his unique contribution to astronomy. The award will take the form of an inscribed commemorative gift, which will be presented at a future meeting of the Society.
Professor David Williams, outgoing President of the RAS said, "Patrick Moore has been the foremost popularizer of astronomy in the UK for more than 40 years, and has served as an exemplary ambassador for our science to the British public and around the world. He was responsible for first sparking the interest in many of us who went on to become astronomers and he has always encouraged young people, giving generously of his time and expertise. The Society was keen to show its admiration of Patrick's exceptional achievements in a personal and special way.
Patrick Moore has presented 'The Sky at Night' on BBC television every month since 1957, and is the author of around 70 books. He was awarded the Royal Astronomical Society's Jackson-Gwilt medal in 1977, and was made a CBE in 1988.