Geoff Manning, Director of the Rutherford Laboratory and then the Rutherford Appleton Laboratory between 1979 and 1986, died on December 21, 2006. He was 77. (Picture taken in 1976.)
Fermilab was saddened to hear about the death of our friend and colleague, Geoff Manning. We join the high energy physics community in mourning the loss of a talented scientist whose contributions as a research physicist, initiator of new experimental research facilities, administrator and laboratory director, and entrepreneur have touched and involved many of us in positive and tangible ways.
Several of us at Fermilab worked either directly with him, or used facilities for which he was responsible in experiments at CERN, in the UK and especially at the Rutherford-Appleton Laboratory, and here at Fermilab where Geoff spent a sabbatical year 1994-95. We remember Geoff as a man who was deliberate in choosing research directions for himself and his colleagues. He thoroughly enjoyed the plural stages of experimental physics and he ably led the scientists and engineers who were his partners in reaching for new insights in particle physics, micro-electronics, computing, accelerator science and astrophysics. Geoff encouraged all of us to take a broad view of science in much the same way as he did. He was fun to work with; he accreted colleagues by choosing interesting problems and then organizing us in ways that used our talents and allowed us to contribute in reaching important scientific results.
Experiments on which several of us collaborated or worked in parallel with Geoff include nucleon-nucleon and deuteron-deuteron scattering, K-meson decays, and the search for new particle states especially at the ISR and Fermilab. Some of us worked with Geoff in studies of proposed new facilities and in organizing and summarizing workshops and conferences on selected HEP topics. We were especially pleased to have Geoff as our Fermilab colleague the year that CDF and DZero observed the top quark. In addition to Geoff's analysis interests in W/Z plus jets production, Geoff collected and edited DZero write-ups on physics analysis topics and combined them as an off-line analysis manual for the benefit of the DZero experimenters.
We have been greatly enriched by having Geoff as a colleague. He will be fondly remembered by all of us.
From all of Geoff's Fermilab associates and friends including: Mike Albrow, Gene Fisk, Paul Grannis, Carlos Hojvat, Leon Lederman, Hugh Montgomery, Pier Oddone,
John Peoples, Rajendran Raja, Roy Rubinstein and Alvin Tollestrup.