Newly Named Asteroids: Mar. 12, 2017
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Asteroid Itokawa. Credit: JAXA

The March 2017 IAU Minor Planet Center circular returned to its regular format, containing: errata, new observatory codes, deleted observations, new identifications, thousands of observation records, and several new names for minor planets.

Numerous finalists from the US who participated in the 2016 Broadcom MASTERS math and science competition for middle school students were given named asteroids, as well as Noam Chomsky, the city of Mansfield in Germany, the Mekong and Thames rivers, the Chimborazo volcano, Tai Chi instructor Tam Yiu, and several others.

(624) Hektor I = Skamandrios
Discovered 2006 July 21 by F. Marchis et al.at Mauna Kea.
Skamandrios was the son of Andromache and Hektor, who was a Trojan prince and the greatest fighter for Troy in the Trojan War.

(7202) Kigoshi = 1995 DX1
Discovered 1995 Feb. 19 at Ojima.
Kunihiko Kigoshi (1919–2014) was a cosmo-geochemist and emeritus professor at Gakushuin University. One of his pioneering works was the development of the radiocarbon dating method, both theoretically and technically. He dated more than twenty thousand geological and archaeological samples from all over the world.

(7605) Cindygraber = 1995 SR1
Discovered 1995 Sept. 21 by T. B. Spahr at Catalina Station.
Cynthia Jean (Volinsky) Graber (b. 1956) is an American psychologist, theatre aficionado, nature lover and rock collector. A steadfast advocate for kindness, compassion and curiosity, she has spent more than 30 years helping adults, children, and
families navigate the human condition with warmth and patience.

(12937) Premadi = 3024 P-L
Discovered 1960 Sept. 24 by C. J. van Houten and I. van Houten-Groeneveld on Palomar Schmidt plates taken by T. Gehrels.
Premana W. Premadi (b. 1964) is an astronomer at the ITB Observatorium Bosscha (Indonesia), an authority on cosmology, and teacher of theoretical astrophysics. Since 2005, she has been a member of the Universe Awareness (UNAWE)
International Team, and is the founder and chair of UNAWE Indonesia (2007–2013).

(16481) Thames = 1990 QU7
Discovered 1990 Aug. 16 by E. W. Elst at the European Southern Observatory.
The Thames, with a length of nearly 350 km, is the chief river in southern England.

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River Thames. Credit: David Iliff. License: CC-BY-SA 3.0

(16770) Angkorwat = 1996 UD3
Discovered 1996 Oct. 30 by V. S. Casulli at Colleverde.
Angkor Wat is a temple complex in Cambodia, built from the early twelfth century, that is the largest religious archaeological site in the world.

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Angkor Wat Temple. Credit: Bjørn Christian Tørrissen / GFDL

(18583) Francescopedani = 1997 XN10
Discovered 1997 Dec. 7 by A. Boattini and M. Tombelli at Cima Ekar.
Francesco Pedani (1953–1998) was an amateur astronomer, biologist and school teacher of science and mathematics. In 1988 he founded the Societ Astronomica Fiorentina, an association of amateur astronomers based in Florence, Italy. He was its first president until his untimely death.

(21033) Akahirakiyozo = 1989 UM
Discovered 1989 Oct. 21 by K. Endate and K. Watanabe at Kitami.
Kiyozo Akahira (b. 1941) is a science historian and an amateur astronomer. He has been a high school teacher of physics for more than 35 years.

(21117) Tashimaseizo = 1992 SB13
Discovered 1992 Sept. 30 by K. Endate and K. Watanabe at Kitami.
Seizo Tashima (b. 1940) is well-known as an author of illustrated books. He has won many national and international prizes for his books and pictures.

(21161) Yamashitaharuo = 1993 TR1
Discovered 1993 Oct. 15 by K. Endate and K. Watanabe at Kitami.
Haruo Yamashita (b. 1937) is the author of more than 500 works including novels and children’s stories. He has been awarded many prizes including the Medal with Purple Ribbon from the Emperor of Japan.

(22366) Flettner = 1993 MT
Discovered 1993 June 21 by Spacewatch at Kitt Peak.
Anton Flettner (1885–1961) was a German aviation engineer and inventor. He made important contributions to airplane and helicopter design. Name suggested by R. Jedicke and P. Jedicke.

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David H. Grinspoon. Credit: CC BY-SA 3.0

(22410) Grinspoon = 1995 SS52
Discovered 1995 Sept. 29 by Spacewatch at Kitt Peak.
David Grinspoon (b. 1959), an astrobiologist at the Southwest Research Institute, won the 2006 Carl Sagan Medal and wrote the award-winning book Lonely Planets. Name suggested by R. Jedicke and P. Jedicke.

(22415) HumeIvey = 1995 UB21
Discovered 1995 Oct. 19 by Spacewatch at Kitt Peak
James Nairn Patterson Hume (1923–2013) and Donald Glenn Ivey (b. 1922) were physics educators, best known for their award-winning 1962 film Frames of Reference. Name suggested by R. and P. Jedicke.

(22426) Mikehanes = 1996 AH9
Discovered 1996 Jan. 13 by Spacewatch at Kitt Peak.
Michael Francis Hanes (b. 1959) was a pilot for Air Canada, an amateur astronomer and telescope maker with the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada, London Centre. Name suggested by R. and P. Jedicke.

(22434) Peredery = 1996 GE6
Discovered 1996 Apr. 11 by Spacewatch at Kitt Peak.
Walter Volodymyr Peredery (b. 1938) is a retired Canadian geologist who studied the Sudbury, Ontario, area and developed the view that it is an impact basin. Name suggested by P. and R. Jedicke.

(22435) Pierfederici = 1996 GN7
Discovered 1996 Apr. 12 by Spacewatch at Kitt Peak.
Francesco Pierfederici (b. 1973) developed software for the Pan-STARRS moving object processing system and Large Synoptic Survey Telescope. Name suggested by P. and R. Jedicke.

(23707) Chambliss = 1997 TZ7
Discovered 1997 Oct. 4 by J. Bruton at Chinle.
Carlson R. Chambliss (b. 1941) is an astronomer and Emeritus Professor at Kutztown University in Kutztown, Pennsylvania. He has written books on numismatics, philately, and blackjack, and created and sponsored numerous awards in his name honoring achievements in academia and science, especially astronomy.

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Leonard Cohen. Credit: CC BY-SA 3.0

(24732) Leonardcohen = 1992 CL2
Discovered 1992 Feb. 2 by E. W. Elst at the European Southern Observatory.
Leonard Cohen (1934–2016) was a Canadian singer, songwriter, poet and novelist. His song “Suzanne” was one of many that became a hit. He was honored with one of the Prince of Asturias awards. Name suggested by K. Leterme.

(28963) Tamyiu = 2001 FY121
Discovered 2001 Mar. 29 by W. K. Y. Yeung at Desert Beaver.
Tam Yiu (b. 1928), a driving instructor by profession, had inspired thousands of followers who study his teachings in Tai Chi philosophy.

(29449) Taharbenjelloun = 1997 QR2
Discovered 1997 Aug. 29 by V. S. Casulli at Colleverde.
Tahar Ben Jelloun (b. 1944) is a Moroccan writer, poet and essayist, who writes exclusively in French.

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Chimborazo Volcano. Credit: David Torres Costales Pictures of Ecuador / CC BY-SA 3.0

(30797) Chimborazo = 1989 CV2
Discovered 1989 Feb. 4 by E. W. Elst at the European Southern Observatory.
Chimborazo is a volcano in the occident range of the Andes and the highest mountain in Ecuador (6263 m). In 1891, the botanist von Humboldt searched the slopes of the mountain for plants and trees in order to compare them with the vegetation in other continents

(32579) Allendavia = 2001 QJ97
Discovered 2001 Aug. 17 by the Lincoln Laboratory Near-Earth Asteroid Research Team at Socorro.
Davia Elizabeth LeXin Allen (b. 2002) is a finalist in the 2016 Broadcom MASTERS, a math and science competition for middle school students, for her animal science project. She attends the Early County Middle School, Blakely, Georgia.

(32580) Avbalasingam = 2001 QY97
Discovered 2001 Aug. 18 by the Lincoln Laboratory Near-Earth Asteroid Research Team at Socorro.
Akhilesh Varadan Balasingam (b. 2003) is a finalist in the 2016 Broadcom MASTERS, a math and science competition for middle school students, for his energy and sustainability project. He attends the Challenger School, San Jose, California.

(32582) Mayachandar = 2001 QW101
Discovered 2001 Aug. 18 by the Lincoln Laboratory Near-Earth Asteroid Research Team at Socorro.
Maya Sruti Chandar (b. 2003) is a finalist in the 2016 Broadcom MASTERS, a math and science competition for middle school students, for her animal science project. She attends the Canterbury School, Fort Myers, Florida.

(32590) Cynthiachen = 2001 QF130
Discovered 2001 Aug. 20 by the Lincoln Laboratory Near-Earth Asteroid Research Team at Socorro.
Cynthia Chen (b. 2002) is a finalist in the 2016 Broadcom MASTERS, a math and science competition for middle school students, for her environmental and earth sciences project. She attends the Harker School, San Jose, California.

(32593) Crotty = 2001 QK138
Discovered 2001 Aug. 22 by the Lincoln Laboratory Near-Earth Asteroid Research Team at Socorro.
Brendan Joseph Crotty (b. 2002) is a finalist in the 2016 Broadcom MASTERS, a math and science competition for middle school students, for his materials & bioengineering project. He is homeschooled in Muskogee, Oklahoma.

(32594) Nathandeng = 2001 QV141
Discovered 2001 Aug. 24 by the Lincoln Laboratory Near-Earth Asteroid Research Team at Socorro.
Nathan K. Deng (b. 2002) is a finalist in the 2016 Broadcom MASTERS, amath and science competition for middle school students, for his chemistry project. He attends the Henry E. Huntington Middle School, San Marino, California.

(32603) Ariaeppinger = 2001 QL199
Discovered 2001 Aug. 22 by the Lincoln Laboratory Near-Earth Asteroid Research Team at Socorro.
Aria Rosalee Eppinger (b. 2001) is a finalist in the 2016 Broadcom MASTERS, a math and science competition for middle school students, for her medicine and health sciences project. She attends the Winchester Thurston School, Pittsburgh,
Pennsylvania.

(32609) Jamesfagan = 2001 QF243
Discovered 2001 Aug. 24 by the Lincoln Laboratory Near-Earth Asteroid Research Team at Socorro.
James Dana Fagan (b. 2006) is a finalist in the 2016 Broadcom MASTERS, a math and science competition for middle school students, for his physics project. He attends the Alcott Elementary School, Riverside, California.

(32610) Siennafink = 2001 QA245
Discovered 2001 Aug. 24 by the Lincoln Laboratory Near-Earth Asteroid Research Team at Socorro.
Sienna Nicole Fink (b. 2002) is a finalist in the 2016 Broadcom MASTERS, a math and science competition for middle school students, for her physics project. She attends the St. Joseph School Fullerton, Baltimore, Maryland.

(32611) Ananyaganesh = 2001 QB253
Discovered 2001 Aug. 25 by the Lincoln Laboratory Near-Earth Asteroid Research Team at Socorro.
Ananya Lakshmi Ganesh (b. 2001) is a finalist in the 2016 Broadcom MASTERS, a math and science competition for middle school students, for her medicine and health sciences project. She attends the Westminster Schools, Atlanta, Georgia.

(32612) Ghatare = 2001 QA256
Discovered 2001 Aug. 25 by the Lincoln Laboratory Near-Earth Asteroid Research Team at Socorro.
Adishree Ghatare (b. 2002) is a finalist in the 2016 Broadcom MASTERS, a math and science competition for middle school students, for her computer science and software engineering project. She attends the Challenger School, San Jose, California.

(32614) Hacegarcia = 2001 QY266
Discovered 2001 Aug. 20 by the Lincoln Laboratory Near-Earth Asteroid Research Team at Socorro.
Joaquin Hace Garcia (b. 2002) is a finalist in the 2016 Broadcom MASTERS, a math and science competition for middle school students, for his electrical and mechanical engineering project. He attends the Santa Gertrudis School, Kingsville,
Texas.

(32616) Nadinehan = 2001 QH279
Discovered 2001 Aug. 19 by the Lincoln Laboratory Near-Earth Asteroid Research Team at Socorro.
Nadine Han (b. 2003) is a finalist in the 2016 Broadcom MASTERS, a math and science competition for middle school students, for her environmental and earth sciences project. She attends the Boston Latin School, Boston, Massachusetts.

(32623) Samuelkahn = 2001 RV23
Discovered 2001 Sept. 7 by the Lincoln Laboratory Near-Earth Asteroid Research Team at Socorro.
Samuel Bennett Kahn (b. 2002) is a finalist in the 2016 Broadcom MASTERS, a math and science competition for middle school students, for his environmental and earth sciences project. He attends the High Tech Middle, San Diego, California.

(32628) Lazorik = 2001 RK70
Discovered 2001 Sept. 10 by the Lincoln Laboratory Near-Earth Asteroid Research Team at Socorro.
Olivia Jane Lazorik (b. 2001) is a finalist in the 2016 Broadcom MASTERS, a math and science competition for middle school students, for her animal science project. She attends the Saint Edward’s School, Vero Beach, Florida.

(32630) Ethanlevy = 2001 RZ71
Discovered 2001 Sept. 10 by the Lincoln Laboratory Near-Earth Asteroid Research Team at Socorro.
Ethan Zvi Levy (b. 2002) is a finalist in the 2016 Broadcom MASTERS, a math and science competition for middle school students, for his medicine and health sciences project. He attends the Aventura Waterways K-8 Center, Miami, Florida.

(32631) Majzoub = 2001 RS74
Discovered 2001 Sept. 10 by the Lincoln Laboratory Near-Earth Asteroid Research Team at Socorro.
Omar Majzoub (b. 2002) is a finalist in the 2016 Broadcom MASTERS, a math and science competition for middle school students, for his physics project. He attends the Franklin Fine Arts Center, Chicago, Illinois.

(32634) Sonjamichaluk = 2001 RU103
Discovered 2001 Sept. 12 by the Lincoln Laboratory Near-Earth Asteroid Research Team at Socorro.
Sonja Morgan Simon Michaluk (b. 2003) is a finalist in the 2016 Broadcom MASTERS, a math and science competition for middle school students, for her environmental and earth sciences project. She attends the Timberlane Middle School,
Pennington, New Jersey.

(33117) Ashinimodi = 1998 BR12
Discovered 1998 Jan. 23 by the Lincoln Laboratory Near-Earth Asteroid Research Team at Socorro.
Ashini A. Modi (b. 2004) is a finalist in the 2016 Broadcom MASTERS, a math and science competition for middle school students, for her physics project. She attends the Caddo Middle Magnet, Shreveport, Louisiana.

(33118) Naiknaware = 1998 BZ12
Discovered 1998 Jan. 23 by the Lincoln Laboratory Near-Earth Asteroid Research Team at Socorro.
Anushka R. Naiknaware (b. 2003) is a finalist in the 2016 Broadcom MASTERS, a math and science competition for middle school students, for her materials & bioengineering project. She attends the Stoller Middle School, Portland, Oregon.

(33181) Aalokpatwa = 1998 FN17
Discovered 1998 Mar. 20 by the Lincoln Laboratory Near-Earth Asteroid Research Team at Socorro.
Aalok Nital Patwa (b. 2002) is a finalist in the 2016 Broadcom MASTERS, a math and science competition for middle school students, for his materials & bioengineering project. He attends the Stratford Middle School, San Jose, California.

(33187) Pizzolato = 1998 FD36
Discovered 1998 Mar. 20 by the Lincoln Laboratory Near-Earth Asteroid Research Team at Socorro.
Rachel Michelle Pizzolato (b. 2004) is a finalist in the 2016 Broadcom MASTERS, a math and science competition for middle school students, for her energy and sustainability project. She attends the John Curtis Christian School, River
Ridge, Louisiana.

(33188) Shreya = 1998 FC43
Discovered 1998 Mar. 20 by the Lincoln Laboratory Near-Earth Asteroid Research Team at Socorro.
Shreya Ramachandran (b. 2003) is a finalist in the 2016 Broadcom MASTERS, a math and science competition for middle school students, for her environmental and earth sciences project. She attends the Stratford Middle School, Fremont, California.

(33189) Ritzdorf = 1998 FK43
Discovered 1998 Mar. 20 by the Lincoln Laboratory Near-Earth Asteroid Research Team at Socorro.
Lucas Lee Ritzdorf (b. 2002) is a finalist in the 2016 Broadcom MASTERS, a math and science competition for middle school students, for his environmental and earth sciences project. He attends the Kalispell Middle School, Kalispell, Montana.

(33190) Sigrest = 1998 FV43
Discovered 1998 Mar. 20 by the Lincoln Laboratory Near-Earth Asteroid Research Team at Socorro.
Eleanor Wren Sigrest (b. 2003) is a finalist in the 2016 Broadcom MASTERS, a math and science competition for middle school students, for her electrical and mechanical engineering project. She attends the Louise A. Benton Middle School, Manassas, Virginia.

(33191) Santiagostone = 1998 FW43
Discovered 1998 Mar. 20 by the Lincoln Laboratory Near-Earth Asteroid Research Team at Socorro.
Santiago Stone (b. 2001) is a finalist in the 2016 Broadcom MASTERS, a math and science competition for middle school students, for his materials & bioengineering project. He attends St. John the Evangelist, Severna Park, Maryland.

(33193) Emhyr = 1998 FO47
Discovered 1998 Mar. 20 by the Lincoln Laboratory Near-Earth Asteroid Research Team at Socorro.
Emhyr Subramanian (b. 2002) is a finalist in the 2016 Broadcom MASTERS, a math and science competition for middle school students, for his chemistry project. He attends the Challenge School, Denver, Colorado.

(33195) Davenyadav = 1998 FO48
Discovered 1998 Mar. 20 by the Lincoln Laboratory Near-Earth Asteroid Research Team at Socorro.
Daven Raymond Yadav (b. 2002) is a finalist in the 2016 Broadcom MASTERS, a math and science competition for middle school students, for his materials & bioengineering project. He attends the Westminster Schools, Atlanta, Georgia.

(33196) Kaienyang = 1998 FX48
Discovered 1998 Mar. 20 by the Lincoln Laboratory Near-Earth Asteroid Research Team at Socorro.
Kaien Yang (b. 2002) is a finalist in the 2016 Broadcom MASTERS, a math and science competition for middle school students, for his medicine and health sciences project. He attends the Nysmith School for the Gifted and Talented, Herndon, Virginia.

(33197) Charlallen = 1998 FA52
Discovered 1998 Mar. 20 by the Lincoln Laboratory Near-Earth Asteroid Research Team at Socorro.
Charla Allen mentored a finalist in the 2016 Broadcom MASTERS, a math and science competition for middle school students. She teaches at the Early County Middle School, Blakely, Georgia.

(33198) Mackewicz = 1998 FV52
Discovered 1998 Mar. 20 by the Lincoln Laboratory Near-Earth Asteroid Research Team at Socorro.
Heather Mackewicz mentored a finalist in the 2016 Broadcom MASTERS, a math and science competition for middle school students. She teaches at the Challenger School, San Jose, California.

(39300) Auyeungsungfan = 2001 HM38
Discovered 2001 Apr. 30 by W. K. Y. Yeung at Desert Beaver.
Auyeungsungfan (b. 1959) is a committed and passionate educator who firmly believes in the power of knowledge. Starting as a history teacher 34 years ago, he demonstrated integrity during his 20 years as a school principal.

(40134) Marsili = 1998 QO53
Discovered 1998 Aug. 27 by V. S. Casulli at Colleverde.
The Marsili submarine volcano located in the Mediterranean Sea is the highest and largest in Europe.

(42585) Pheidippides = 1997 FJ1
Discovered 1997 Mar. 30 by V. S. Casulli at Colleverde.
Pheidippides (fl.490 B.C.E.) was a legendary Athenian herald who ran 240 km between the battlefield at Marathon to Athens in two days to report the Greek victory over the Persians. The modern marathon takes its name from this legend.

(48451) Pichincha = 1991 PC3
Discovered 1991 Aug. 2 by E. W. Elst at the European Southern Observatory.
Pichincha is an active stratovolcano in Ecuador, very close to the capital Quito. In October 1999, one of the peaks, on the western side of the mountain, erupted and covered the city with several inches of ash. The last major eruptions were in 1553 and in 1660.

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Noam Chomsky. Credit: CC BY-SA 2.0

(52270) Noamchomsky = 1988 CH5
Discovered 1988 Feb. 13 by E. W. Elst at the European Southern Observatory.
Noam Chomsky (b. 1928) is an American linguist and philosopher. An emeritus professor at MIT, he is the author of over 100 books, primarily on linguistics. He is also the co-creator of the universal grammar theory.

(60669) Georgpick = 2000 GE4
Discovered 2000 Apr. 7 by M. Tichý at Kleť.
Georg Alexander Pick (1859–1942), Austrian mathematician who worked in Prague, is best known for his theorem for determining the area of lattice polygons. In 1911 he invited Albert Einstein to Prague and introduced him to the field of absolute differential calculus, which later helped Einstein to formulate general relativity.

(79138) Mansfeld = 1991 RS4
Discovered 1991 Sept. 13 by F. Börngen and L. D. Schmadel at Tautenburg.
Mansfeld is a German town, situated at the border of the Harz Mountains. Martin Luther spent his childhood and youth in this town between 1484 and 1497.

(85190) Birgitroth = 1991 RR3
Discovered 1991 Sept. 12 by F. Börngen and L. D. Schmadel at Tautenburg.
Birgit Roth (b. 1974) is a German physician and well-known expert on hematology and oncology.

(92213) Kalina = 2000 AQ6
Discovered 2000 Jan. 5 by M. Tichý at Kleť.
Antonín Kalina (1902–1990) was a Czech citizen who was imprisoned in Buchenwald concentration camp from 1939 to 1945. As a member of the Communist Underground he saved some 900 children and youths from dangers of daily life in the camp. In 2012 he was recognized as Righteous Among the Nations.

(100735) Alpomořanská = 1998 DE1
Discovered 1998 Feb. 19 by M. Tichý and J. Tichý at Kleť.
Alžbĕta Pomořanská (or Elizabeth of Pomerania, c.1347–1393) was the fourth and final wife of Roman Emperor and King of Bohemia Charles IV. She bore eight children, including daughter Anne (who married Richard II of England) and son Zikmund (who became Holy Roman Emperor, King of Bohemia and Hungary).

(100934) Marthanussbaum = 1998 MN41
Discovered 1998 June 28 by E. W. Elst at the European Southern Observatory.
Martha Nussbaum (b. 1947) is an American philosopher at the University of Chicago. She became well known from her many books on philosophy, in particular from her book The Fragility of Goodness: Luck and Ethics in Greek Tragedy and Philosophy.

(100936) Mekong = 1998 ME43
Discovered 1998 June 26 by E. W. Elst at the European Southern Observatory.
The Mekong is a 4350-kilometre river flowing through China, Myanmar, Laos, Thailand, Cambodia and Vietnam.

Mekong River (Luang Prabang)

Mekong River. Credit: Allie Caulfield / CC BY 2.0

(120643) Rudimandl = 1996 RU
Discovered 1996 Sept. 10 by M. Tichý at Kleť.
Rudi W. Mandl (1894–1948), Czech-German electrical engineer and amateur astronomer, was interested in gravitational lensing. In 1936 he met Albert Einstein and persuaded him to deal with this problem. Einstein then published Lens-Like Action of a Star By the Deviation of Light In the Gravitational Field.

(121469) Sarahaugh = 1999 TW221
Discovered 1999 Oct. 1 by the Catalina Sky Survey.
Sara Haugh (b. 1970) contributed to the NASA OSIRIS-REx Asteroid Sample Return Mission as a Software Systems Engineer. Previously, she served as a Software Systems Engineer for the MAVEN Mission, the ISIM FSW Test Lead for the JWST Mission, and a Flight Operations Team member for the Terra and Aqua Missions.

(174281) Lonský = 2002 SC29
Discovered 2002 Sept. 30 by P. Pravec at Ondřejov.
Vladimír Lonský (b. 1953), a heart surgeon, works in the Faculty Hospital in Olomouc, Czech Republic. On top of his great surgical skills, he is highly appreciated for his humane treat of patients.

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Hans Küng. Credit: CC BY 3.0

(190139) Hansküng = 2005 RV32
Discovered 2005 Sept. 14 by V. S. Casulli at Vallemare Borbona.
Hans Küng (b. 1928) is a Swiss theologian and essayist, and professor emeritus of theology at the Ecumenical University of Tubingen. He was awarded the Knight of the Order of Merit of the State of Baden-Wurttemberg.

(207723) Jiansanjiang = 2007 RC148
Discovered 2007 Sept. 11 by PMO NEO Survey Program at XuYi.
Jiansanjiang, located in the hinterland of Sanjiang Plain, is known as “China Green Rice City”. Its Honghe farm is the first modernized farm in China. The Jiansanjiang people have created the Great Northern Wilderness spirit:“hard work, courage to pioneer, overall situation, selfless dedication”.

(210290) Borsellino = 2007 TE69
Discovered 2007 Oct. 13 by V. S. Casulli at Vallemare Borbona.
Paolo Borsellino (1940–1992) was an Italian magistrate who played a very active role against organized crime.

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Dr. Julius Olsen. Credit: Hardin-Simmons University

(221698) Juliusolsen = 2007 DQ63
Discovered 2007 Feb. 21 by R. Holmes at Charleston.
Julius Olsen (b. 1873) was Dean of Hardin-Simmons University (Abilene, TX)
from 1902 until 1940. Over four decades, he taught astronomy and physics to thousands of students, being instrumental in bringing science education to West Texas at the turn of the 20th Century. Suggested by his grandson, N. H. Olsen.

(232409) Dubes = 2003 EU1
Discovered 2003 Mar. 4 at St. V ´eran.
Alain Dubes (1935–2016) was a French amateur astronomer. He liked to go and observe the sky at the Pic du Midi observatory where he made us taste his ‘cannelés, a specialty of cakes from the Bordeaux region.

(248262) Liuxiaobo = 2005 GR128
Discovered 2005 Apr. 4 at Vallemare Borbona.
Liu Xiaobo (b. 1955) received the 2010 Nobel Peace Prize for his long and non-violent struggle for human rights in China.

(293366) Roux = 2007 EQ9
Discovered 2007 Mar. 9 by B. Christophe at Saint-Sulpice.
Pierre Paul Émile Roux (1853–1933) was a French bacteriologist. He was the closest collaborator of Louis Pasteur.

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Gaston Lagaffe. Credit: André Franquin

(293985) Franquin = 2007 TF69
Discovered 2007 Oct. 13 by B. Christophe at Saint-Sulpice.
André Franquin (1924–1997) was a Belgian comics artist. He was the creator of the characters Gaston Lagaffe and Marsupilami. He also produced the Spirou and Fantasio strip between 1947 and 1969.

(300928) Uderzo = 2008 CQ72
Discovered 2008 Feb. 9 by B. Christophe at Saint-Sulpice.
Albert Uderzo (b. 1927) is a French comic artist. In collaboration with René Goscinny, he created the character Asterix, a Gaulish hero fighting the Romans.

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Buck Danny Comic, 1983. Credit: Jean-Michel Charlier and Victor Hubinon / Fair use

(301511) Hubinon = 2009 FJ5
Discovered 2009 Mar. 19 by B. Christophe at Saint-Sulpice.
Victor Hubinon (1924–1979) was a Belgian comic book artist. With Jean-Michel Charlier he created the series Buck Danny.

(316138) Giorgione = 2009 SL170
Discovered 2009 Sept. 26 by B. Christophe at Saint-Sulpice.
Giorgione (1477–1510) was an Italian painter of the Venetian school in the High Renaissance from Venice.

(318682) Carpaccio = 2005 QO30
Discovered* 2005 Aug. 29 by B. Christophe at Saint-Sulpice.
Vittore Carpaccio (1465–1525) was a Venetian painter of the Venetian school, who studied under Gentile Bellini. He is best known for a cycle of nine paintings, The Legend of Saint Ursula.

(330440) Davinadon = 2007 DQ60
Discovered 2007 Feb. 23 by A. Lowe at Mayhill.
Davina O’Brien (b. 1949) and Donovan Edward O’Brien (b. 1945), of Tea Gardens, Australia, are friends of the discoverer.

(349606) Fleurance = 2008 UX5
Discovered 2008 Oct. 26 by M. Ory at Vicques.
Fleurance is a once fortified city in Gers, in south-western France, that was founded in the 13th century. It is well known for its astronomy festival organized by “La Ferme des Etoiles” each year in August. This festival, the largest in France, has been growing steadily since 1991.

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Henrietta Lacks. Credit: Wikimedia Commons / Fair use

(359426) Lacks = 2010 LA71
Discovered 2010 June 10 by WISE.
Henrietta Lacks (1920–1951) was an American woman whose cancer cells, taken without her knowledge, became one of the most important tools in medicine. Her cells were used to develop the polio vaccine and other medical advances. Her story serves as a powerful symbol of the importance of informed consent in science.

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Billie Holiday. Credit: William P. Gottlieb / Public Domain

(365443) Holiday = 2010 MU49
Discovered 2010 June 23 by WISE.
Billie Holiday (1915–1959), born Eleanora Fagan, was one of the greatest jazz singers and songwriters of all time. She collaborated with numerous jazz greats, including Lester Young, Count Bassie and Artie Shaw. Her gorgeous voice and heartfelt songs continue to inspire.

(383067) Stoofke = 2005 RA5
Discovered 2005 Sept. 7 by T. Pauwels at Uccle.
Steven Terlaeken (b. 1969), nicknamed Stoofke, created “Loop naar de maan” (“Run to the moon”), a fund raising event for cancer research organised by Kom op tegen Kanker - Belgium.

(398188) Agni = 2010 LE15
Discovered 2010 June 3 by WISE.
Agni is the Vedic god of fire. He represents the vital spark of life, and the fire and brilliance of the Sun, lightning, and comets. Often said to be the link between heaven and Earth, he rides a chariot that is sometimes drawn by parrots.

(400673) Vitapolunina = 2009 OL5
Discovered 2009 July 24 by T. V. Kryachko at Zelenchukskaya Stn.
Viktoriya (Vita) Polunina (b. 1967), Professor Doctor of medical sciences, is a specialist in reflex therapy in children, reconstructive and sports medicine, therapeutic physical training, and the author of more than 70 scientific papers. She supervises the internship of reflex therapy at the Moscow Medical University of N. I. Pirogov.

Source: http://www.minorplanetcenter.net/iau/ECS/MPCArchive/2017/MPC_20170312.pdf


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