1915 – Franklyn Mansfield Branley was born in New Rochelle, New York.
1936-1954 – He taught school, one of the first teachers to teach science to elementary school children.
1942 – He received his teaching license from New Patlz Normal School and his BA from New York University.
1948-1957 – He received his MA and Ed.D. from Columbia University.
1954-1956 – He was a science professor at the Jersey State Teachers College.
– His work at American Museum of Natural History’s Hayden Planetarium sparked his interest in astronomy and space exploration.
– He wrote over 140 science books for children and received numerous awards for these books.
1970 – He was named New Jersey’s Children’s Book Writer of the year.
2002 – He died this year.