Minor planets named for truly remarkable people.
Named for the Italian city of Pistoria, situated about 30 km from Florence at the foot of the western slope of the Central Apennines between Tuscany and Aemilia. He built a high-quality physics program, implemented the construction of a college observatory and played a formative role in the lives of many students. Named for the whimsical French poet and soldier Cyrano de Bergerac (1619-1655), who in some of his comedies made brisk use of fanciful ways of spaceflight.
Anpanman is a popular cartoon hero whose head is a bun filled with sweet bean jam. Holmes a Court was born in South Africa and studied in New Zealand and Australia. In 1993 the family of Serafino Zani built the Lumezzane Observatory in Brescia and gave it to the local amateur astronomers so that they are able to obtain both astrometry and photometry of minor planets.
Named in memory of Paul E. Klopsteg (1889-1991), who died on 1991 Apr. Prior to joining the Spacewatch group, he made millimeter-wave observations of CO in the Magellanic Clouds, Orion and Monoceros, did high-resolution infrared spectroscopy of solar-system objects from the Kuiper Airborne Observatory and made a laboratory study of volatiles in asteroidal surface minerals. Named in memory of Isaak Osipovich Dunaevskij (1900-1955), prominent Soviet composer well known for his many operettas, songs and film scores.
Jao Tsung-i, alias Xuantang (b. 1917), is a world renowned sinologist, painter and calligrapher. The discoverers visited York, including archaeological remnants of Jorvik, during the IAU General Assembly in 2000. He has gained recognition for the spreading of the docile Carnica bee in the Czech Republic and for the control of the bee disease Varroa mite through the development of medicines and a national organization.
Crantor was a Lapith who was killed by the centaur Demoleon in the battle between the Lapiths and the Centaurs. He attends the Martingrove Collegiate Institute, Toronto, Ontario, Canada. He has conducted KBO searches and studied their orbital distribution and population statistics.
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