Manly grew up as a free‐range college brat in North Carolina. He received an undergraduate degree from Pfeiffer College and Ph.D. in physics from Columbia University in New York City. After moving up the faculty ranks at Yale University, he moved to the University of Rochester where he now resides and terrorizes students in the introductory physics course sequences.
Professor Manly works at high energy accelerators around the world where his research probes the structure of matter and the forces of nature. He frequently lectures on his research at international scientific conferences and has published over 150 articles in scientific journals.
Professor Manly’s abilities and efforts in teaching and outreach have been recognized nationally and locally.
He was named the NY State Professor of the Year in 2003 by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching, and was honored as the Mercer Brugler Distinguished Teaching Professor at the University of Rochester from 2002 to 2005. In 2007, he was named the recipient of the Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching Award by the American Association of Physics Teachers.
Recently, Professor Manly completed Relativity and Quantum Physics for Beginners (Steerforth Press, November 2009) which is a light‐hearted, graphical look at two of the most exciting intellectual developments of the 20th century. In Visions of the Multiverse, Professor Manly takes the reader on a tour of different multiple universe reality concepts and explains in accessible terms why it is many leading physicists are convinced that we are in the midst of a new Copernican revolution.