Brian G. W. Manning

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Brian G. W. Manning
Born 14 May 1926 Handsworth, Birmingham, West Midlands, England
Died 10 November 2011(2011-11-10) (aged 85)
Nightingales Residential home, Worcestershire
Nationality British
Occupation Astronomer

Brian George William Manning (14 May 1926 – 10 November 2011)[1] was an English astronomer who discovered 19 minor planets.[2] He was born in 1926 in Birmingham. He constructed his first mirror from a piece of glass that a World War II bomb blew out of the roof of the factory where his father worked. He began as an engineering draughtsman but later became a metrologist at the University of Birmingham. In the late 1950s, he constructed an interference-controlled ruling machine in a home workshop, which was able to rule high-quality 3 by 2 inch gratings.[3] In 1990, he received the H. E. Dall prize of the BAA.[3][4]

Discoveries[edit]

Brian Manning is credited by the Minor Planet Center with the discovery of 19 minor planets he made at Stakenbridge Observatory (494), near Kidderminster, England, between 1989 and 1997.[2] All of his discovered minor planets are asteroids of the main-belt:

Discoveries by Brian G. W. Manning (i)
4751 Alicemanning 17 January 1991 MPC
4506 Hendrie 24 March 1990 MPC
7239 Mobberley 4 October 1989 MPC
7465 Munkanber 31 October 1989 MPC
7519 Paulcook 31 October 1989 MPC
7573 Basfifty 4 November 1989 MPC
6156 Dall 12 January 1991 MPC
6191 Eades 22 November 1989 MPC
8166 Buczynski 12 January 1991 MPC
8545 McGee 2 January 1994 MPC
Discoveries by Brian G. W. Manning (ii)
8914 Nickjames 25 December 1995 MPC
10381 Malinsmith 3 September 1996 MPC
10515 Old Joe 31 October 1989 MPC
10538 Torode 11 November 1991 MPC
(15347) 1994 UD 26 October 1994 MPC
24728 Scagell 11 November 1991 MPC
(52633) 1997 WL23 30 November 1997 MPC
(69273) 1989 TN1 4 October 1989 MPC
(100690) 1997 YY6 25 December 1997 MPC

References[edit]

  1. ^ Hurst 2012, p. 118.
  2. ^ a b "Minor Planet Discoverers (by number)". Minor Planet Center. 23 May 2016. Retrieved 20 June 2016. 
  3. ^ a b William Liller (1992). The Cambridge Guide to Astronomical Discovery. Cambridge University Press. p. 121. ISBN 0-521-41839-9. 
  4. ^ http://connection.ebscohost.com/c/obituaries/74240415/brian-george-william-manning-1926-2011
  • Hurst, Guy M. 'Brian George William Manning' in the Journal of the British Astronomical Association, April 2012, Volume 22, Number 2.

External links[edit]

  • IAUC 3104, periodic comet Chernykh (1977l),