Patrick Moore on: family values


The great astronomer and public scientist Patrick Moore has died at the age of 89. In this interview with the Guardian in June of this year, he gave an honest and moving account of the importance of heritage and family in his life.

Here is one of the most moving sections from that interview: "My fiancee, Lorna, was killed during the war and that was that, as far I was concerned, with love. It was a terrible loss and I never felt another woman could ever replace her. I would have liked to have children but, alas, it was not to be. I am close to the sons of two friends, which I appreciate enormously. I am also godfather to Pippa, the daughter of a good friend."