Scott Manley


Scott Manley
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Manley during a 2017 Kerbal Space Program livestream
Personal information
Born (1972-12-31) 31 December 1972 (age 48)
NationalityScottish, American
EducationUniversity of Glasgow
OccupationSoftware developer at Apple Inc.
YouTube information
  • Scott Manley
Years active2009–present
Subscribers1.31 million[1]
Total views409 million[1]
  • "Hullo it's Scott Manley here"
  • "Fly safe"
  • "Check yo Stagin'"
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Updated: 23 June 2021

Scott Manley (born 31 December 1972) is a Scottish-American YouTube personality, gamer, programmer, astrophysicist and DJ.[2] On his YouTube channel, he plays space-themed video games, usually Kerbal Space Program,[3] while he explains much of the science involved. He also makes videos discussing other science-related topics and news, mainly concerning up-to-date rocket science developments.[4] He uses his scientific background to help teach science while playing games.[5][6]

He is known among his followers as the "astronogamer", as he is one of the few YouTubers blending both video games and science,[7] and he is popular in the niche community of space enthusiasts and gamers, especially the Kerbal Space Program community.[8]

Education and career

While studying at the University of Glasgow, Manley received a BSc (1990–1994) in physics and astronomy, and an MSc (1994–1995) in computational physics a year later.

In 2002, he worked as an engineer for Napster. Later, from 2002 up until 2004, he worked as a research engineer for Qualys. From 2004 to 2009, he worked as a security architect in imeem, where he developed and maintained an audio and video upload, transcoding, fingerprinting system among other things.

Manley's current employment is at Apple Inc. He joined Topsy Labs in 2009 and in 2013 Topsy was acquired by Apple.[2]

Notable collaborations

Author Anne McCaffrey consulted with Manley on the effects of asteroid impacts while writing The Skies of Pern,[9] determining the orbit of a fictional rogue comet and providing advice on how the event should be portrayed.[10]

Manley is one of the original participants of Asteroid Day and was a keynote speaker at the launch in 2015[11] as well as hosting their regular "Asteroid Update" segments.[12]

He is credited as a consultant on the Netflix movie Stowaway directed by Joe Penna. In Penna's appearance on Corridor Cast he said Manley would go beyond the immediate needs of the script and 'did the math so it would be ready'.[13]

Awards and honors

In recognition for his work as a popular science communicator, asteroid 33434 Scottmanley was named after him.[14] The official naming citation was published by the Minor Planet Center on 18 May 2019 (M.P.C. 114954).[15] The outer main-belt asteroid was discovered by astronomers with the OCA–DLR Asteroid Survey in 1999. It is a member of the stony Koronis family and measures approximately 4.6 kilometers in diameter.[16]


  1. ^ a b "About Scott Manley". YouTube.
  2. ^ a b "Scott Manley | LinkedIn". LinkedIn. Retrieved 13 December 2018.
  3. ^ Martindale, Jon (2014-01-22). "Meet the Man(ley) that taught the world how to Kerbalise space". KitGuru. Retrieved 2018-12-14.
  4. ^ "Scott Manley". B612. Retrieved 2018-12-13.
  5. ^ Howell, Elizabeth (2016-08-26). "'Astronogamer': When Space Science Meets Gaming". Seeker. Retrieved 2018-12-14.
  6. ^ Dillon, Conor (2018-10-24). "China's artificial moon — The numbers 'just don't add up'". DW.COM. Retrieved 2018-12-14.
  7. ^ Mejia, Ozzie (2016-02-01). "Shacknews Close-Up: Scott Manley, the Astronogamer". Shacknews. Retrieved 2018-12-14.
  8. ^ Boone, Jeb (2013-08-01). "A far cry from Call of Duty, Kerbal Space Program is inspiring players to learn physics (VIDEO)". Public Radio International. Retrieved 2018-12-14.
  9. ^ "Anne McCaffrey on THE PHYSICS OF PERN". Archived from the original on 14 July 2014.
  10. ^ Scott Manley (1 February 2015). "Found some old graphics I sent to Anne McCaffrey when I was figuring out the comet impact for Skies Of Pern". Twitter. Retrieved 16 December 2018.
  11. ^ "Asteroids In Video Games". B612. 28 January 2016. Retrieved 16 December 2018.
  12. ^ "Asteroid Day Update – Featuring Scott Manley". 29 May 2018. Retrieved 6 February 2019.
  13. ^ Corridor Cast (2019-02-13), EP#14 | Joe Penna aka MysteryGuitarMan, retrieved 2019-07-22
  14. ^ "33434 Scottmanley (1999 FU)". Minor Planet Center. Retrieved 3 June 2019.
  15. ^ "MPC/MPO/MPS Archive". Minor Planet Center. Retrieved 3 June 2019.
  16. ^ "Asteroid 33434 Scottmanley". Small Bodies Data Ferret. Retrieved 3 June 2019.