From plow factory to the White House: Bill Manly, metallurgist


Carolyn Krause brings us another series of interesting stories of scientists from Oak Ridge National Laboratory.

D. Ray Smith, writer for the Historically Speaking column.



William D. “Bill” Manly made his mark on metallurgy and the Oak Ridge community. An early member of First Presbyterian Church of Oak Ridge, along with his wife Jane, before they moved to Kokomo, Ind., in 1965, he later chaired the board of directors of Methodist Medical Center of Oak Ridge. He and his wife founded the Manly House for the families of patients at MMCOR. They were a major benefactor of Roane State Community College in Oak Ridge, to which they donated their extensive collection of Oriental art. It is displayed in the Jane and Bill Manly Art Gallery on the second floor of RSCC’s Coffey-McNally building.

Bill Manly

A giant among metallurgists at Oak Ridge National Laboratory and in the United States, Manly, who held five patents, was the…

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