Last photo of Mr. Manhattan before his homegoing in Nov. 1990A shory biography of Baron Avro ManhattanBorn April 6, 1914, in Milan, Italy, of American and Swiss/Dutch parents. He was educated at theSorbonne in Paris and the London School of Economics. He was jailed in Italy for refusing to serve inthe Fascist dictator Mussolini's army. While imprisoned in the Alps he wrote his first book onastronomy.During the war, Mr. Manhattan operated a radio station called
broadcasting to thepartisans in occupied Europe.For this service he was made a
Knight of Malta
.His aristocratic roots meant that he was a Knight of the House of Savoy as well as a Knight Templar anda Knight of the Order of Mercedes.His more than 20 books include the best-selling
The Vatican in World Politics
, one of the best-sellingbooks of all time. It was translated into most major languages including Chinese, Russian and mostrecently, Korean.
He was a member of the Royal Society of Literature, Society of Authors, EthicalUnion, P.E.N., British Interplanetary Society, etc.