Editor, BBC Sky at NightI launched a brand new astronomy magazine with a famous name
I have fond memories of working with Sir Patrick. He lived on the other side of the country in West Sussex and personal calls were all too rare. But we did speak on the phone every week in connection with his columns, features and reviews. He could have filled the whole magazine every month because he had encyclopedic knowledge and typed so quickly, using an old typewriter.
One of my proudest achievements as editor was to have in a hand in setting up the Astronomy Photographer of the Year competition run by Royal Observatory Greenwich. As the competition’s official media partner, BBC Sky at Night magazine promoted the competition to our readers and helped with the judging. Astronomy Photographer of the Year has since gone from strength to strength and every year I look forward to seeing the stunning photos taken by astroimagers from around the world.