Brian G. W. Manning
|Died||10 November 2011 (aged 85)|
Nightingales Residential home, Worcestershire
Brian George William Manning (14 May 1926 – 10 November 2011) was an English astronomer who discovered 19 minor planets. 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. In 1990, he received the H. E. Dall prize of the BAA.
Brian Manning is cred 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. All of his discovered minor planets are asteroids of the main-belt: