Capt Peter L. Manly

Capt Peter L. Manly

Death 27 Jul 2007 (aged 61–62)
Phoenix, Maricopa County, Arizona, USA
Burial Unknown
Memorial ID 102855196 · View Source
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Peter L. Manly was raised in the American Midwest in the tradition of Tom Sawyer. He graduated from Syracuse University in Physics and served in the United States Air Force as a research officer, followed by tours with NASA and various aerospace contractors. He puts bread (and peanut butter) on the table by writing nonfiction about astronomy, computers and aviation. See the books Unusual Telescopes (ISBN 0-521-38200-9) and The 20-Cm Schmidt-Cassegrain Telescope (ISBN 0-521-43360-6) published by Cambridge University Press.

During the day he finds interesting airplanes to fly in the clear skies of the Southwest. At night he can be found at the telescope (and most nights in Arizona are clear). He also generates hard core science fiction and a bit of fantasy. He is associated with seven computers and a thirty-year-old VW Microbus. On weekends he restores antique airplanes and bores great, smoking, vibrating holes in the sky with WW II fighters. He has flown over 140 different types of aircraft from ultralights to jumbo jets including supersonic types and has a "9 G" pin in the F-16D Falcon.

--Submitted by Peter L. Manly

We have learned that Peter L. Manly, active in the San Jose Astronomy Association and the Saguaro Astronomy Club during the 1980s, passed away last Friday at the VA hospital in Phoenix, after a long illness. Captain Manly served and flew in the USAF in Vietnam; later working on the Air Force GEODSS satellite tracking telescope program; and then for NASA on the Kuiper Airborne Observatory. He was active in the San Jose Astronomy Association, before moving to Phoenix. He took part in several solar eclipse expeditions. Peter was a pioneer in video astronomy, for occultation timing and eclipses. Along with several other SAC members, we did a series of programs featuring live broadcasts of Halley's Comet on Channel 8 KAET TV at ASU in 1985-86. He was a member of the IAPPP photometry organization, and IOTA, the International Occultation Timing Association. He published a number of magazine articles on astronomy, and two books, "Unusual Telescopes" and "The 20-cm Schmidt-Cassegrain Telescope", both still widely available. In later years, Peter wrote and published two science fantasy books and a number of science fiction stories and was active in the SF writers groups in Arizona. A wake was held in Scottsdale, AZ on August 10th.

--Submitted by Gene Lucas

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