Minor planets named for truly remarkable people.


Miguel de Cervantes (1547-1616) was a Spanish novelist best known for Don Quijote (1605). He attends the Mililani High School, Mililani, Hawaii. Citation prepared by M. DiMartino.


Named in honor of Reiki Kushida, amateur astronomer and discoverer of supernova 1991bg, the first visual discovery of a supernova by a woman. master cartoonist who created the comic strips Terry and the Pirates and Steve Canyon. Although sister June Zehr has not followed in her siblings' astronomical footsteps, she often shares observing sessions with her brothers.


When Jean Valjean, the central character in Victor Hugo's Les Misérables, was in prison, he was known by the number 24601. He attends the Gymnasia-School of Osypovichi, Mogilev region, Belarus. From 1954 to 1964 he served as president of the Hiroshima Amateur Astronomers and Weathermen Club, one of the forerunners of the Hiroshima Astronomical Society.


Explorer and adventurer Ambrogio Fogar (b. 1941) has undertaken many challenges. From 2001 to 2004, he headed the Laboratory of the astronomical yearbooks of the Institute of Applied Astronomy of the Russian Academy of Sciences. After World War II he conducted in Europe again.


Bergen op Zoom, a city dating from 1287 in the southern part of The Netherlands, was a fortress held by the Geuzen during the Eighty Years War. She was betrayed and died in the concentration camp Ravensbrück. Known in particular for his work in physiology and pharmacology, he wrote extensively on nutrition, internal secreting glands, experimental pathology and toxicology.

Data from The IAU Minor Planet Center, mashed up by Leonard Richardson.

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