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Edward Oliver Manby (1816-1864)
1840 Edward Oliver Manby of Swansea became a member of the Institution of Civil Engineers.
1857 Working in Madrid
1865 Obituary 
MR. EDWARD OLIVER MANBY. the fourth son of the late Mr. Aaron Manby (M. Inst. C.E.), was born at Horseley, Tipton, on the 17th of June, 1816.
At the age of four years he went to France with his father's family, and received his education at the College Massin, Paris, completing it at the University of Ghent, Belgium, where at the early age of sixteen he took high mathematical honours at the examination.
He was then sent to England, and became the pupil of his elder brother, Mr. Charles Manby (M. Inst. C.E.), by whom he was eventually placed in the Ebbw Vale Iron Works, at that time the property of Messrs. Harford, Davis, and Co. He there acquired a very good practical knowledge of iron making, in which he was greatly assisted by his chemical acquirements.
At that time attention was directed to the introduction of anthracite as a fuel for smelting, and Mr. Crane, of Ynischedwyn, near Swansea, engaged the services of Mr. E. O. Manby for the construction of the furnaces, and for the preliminary investigations and experiments, which were very successful. This made him so well known in that, part of South Wales, that he was induced to establish himself as an Engineer at Swansea, where he was joined by his elder brother, Mr. John Manby.
Eventually they removed to London, and being employed on several investigations on the Continent, the brothers established themselves at Madrid, where they engaged largely in railways, irrigation canals, gas-works, iron-works, mines, &C., and for many years Mr. E. O. Manby pursued a very active professional career.
His health eventually broke down, and after a long and distressing illness, he died at Paris on the 21st of February, 1864, at the age of forty-eight years.
His talents were of a very high order; he was a fine, generous, high-spirited man, always pleased to do a kindness to any one, and ever careless of his individual interest. He was beloved by all who knew him, any faults he had were of the head and not of the heart, and few persons were more sincerely regretted by those who knew and duly appreciated him.
He joined the Institution of Civil Engineers as an Associate February 25th, 1840, was transferred to the class of Graduates January 19th, 1841, and to the rank of Member April 2lst, l846.
In consequence of his almost constant residence on the Continent, he was not able to be a frequent attendant at the meetings, but he always took a strong interest in the proceedings, and he frequently aided other Members by giving them information on foreign works, which enabled some useful Papers to be contributed to the Institution.