SPECIAL PRESENTATION TO PATRICK MOORE (WITH PHOTO OPPORTUNITY)
Last Updated on Saturday, 08 May 2010 13:57
Published on Tuesday, 22 February 2005 00:00
On Friday 13 October, the Royal Astronomical Society will make a special Millennium Award to Patrick Moore in recognition of his outstanding contribution to astronomy. The President of the Society, Professor Nigel Weiss, will present Patrick Moore with an inscribed sundial in a brief ceremony at 4 p.m. in the Scientific Societies' Lecture Theatre, at 23 Savile Row, London.
PRESS PHOTOGRAPHERS ARE WELCOME.
Photographers intending to cover this event are invited to contact the RAS Press Officer, Jacqueline Mitton (contact details above) so appropriate arrangements can be made. (Note that the entrance to the lecture theatre is in New Burlington Place on the left side of the Fortress House building at 23 Savile Row.) The citation with the sundial reads: "The Royal Astronomical Society presents this Millennium Award of a Universal Equatorial Dial to PATRICK ALFRED CALDWELL MOORE in recognition of his outstanding achievement over half a century in the enthusiastic public presentation of the science of astronomy, through his internationally celebrated Sky at Night Series with BBC Television, his prolific astronomical writing, and for the inspiration he has given to young people, which has encouraged generations of keen astronomers, many of whom have gone on to make distinguished contributions of their own."
The sundial Patrick Moore will receive has been made specially by Tony Moss of Lindisfarne Sundials in Northumberland. He has also made a unique wooden presentation casket for it. Mr Moss is one of very few craftsmen in the world making precise, high-quality sundials. He can be contacted by telephone on (0) 1670 823232. A photo of a dial similar to the one made for Patrick Moore can be seen on the internet at http://www.lindisun.demon.co.uk/smallest.htm
The Council of the Royal Astronomical Society announced its intention to make this award at its meeting on 12 May. The retiring President, Professor David Williams, said at that time, "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 is 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.
Dr Jacqueline Mitton, RAS Press Officer
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