honorific title for a holder of a doctoral degree

Doctor is an academic title that originates from the Latin word of the same spelling and meaning. The word is originally an agentive noun of the Latin verb docēre [dɔˈkeːrɛ] 'to teach'. It has been used as an academic title in Europe since the 13th century, when the first Doctorates were awarded at the University of Bologna and the University of Paris. Having become established in European universities, this usage spread around the world. Contracted "Dr" or "Dr.", it is used as a designation for a person who has obtained a Doctorate (e.g. PhD). In many parts of the world it is also used by medical practitioners, regardless of whether or not they hold a doctoral-level degree.
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Patrick Moore

English writer, broadcaster and astronomer



Guinness Book of Astronomy

book by Patrick Moore

author: Patrick Moore


Mission to Mars

1955 novel by Patrick Moore

author: Patrick Moore


The Voices of Mars

book by Patrick Moore

author: Patrick Moore



author: Iain Nicolson, Patrick Moore

The Wandering Astronomer

author: Patrick Moore

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