Minor planets named for truly remarkable people.


Garry R. Nankivell (b. 1929) is New Zealand's pre-eminent optical craftsman. He identified many cases of temporary satellite capture about Jupiter and was the first, together with Giovanni Valsecchi, to recognize the importance of near-tangent orbits in the case of close planetary encounters. She teaches at the Kyrene Middle School, Tempe, Arizona.


Named in memory of Father Ferdinand Verbiest, Belgian missionary in China and astronomer at the court of Emperor Kang-Hi. Her help and patience contributed to the discovery of both this minor planet and comet C/1997 J2. Vincenzo Bellini (1801-1835) was an Italian composer best known for his "Norma" and "I puritani".


Melissa Nicole Carvell (b. 1990) was awarded second place in the 2007 Intel International Science and Engineering Fair for her materials and bioengineering project. Schuster and R. M. West. Named in honor of Marcus Perry and his work in the Spacewatch program.


Named in honor of Harold D. Ables (b. 1938), an astronomer and former director at the U.S. He has done some work on nongravitational forces acting on comets and now has interests in the dynamics of minor planets. Katsuhiro Sasaki (b.1941), the director of the Department of Science and Engineering, National Science Museum, Tokyo, is known for research on Japanese clocks and for scientific education of the public.


Named in memory of Mika Waltari (1908-1979), Finnish writer, from 1957 a member of the Academy of Finland. Phoinix, who had no sons, raised Achilles as if he were his own son. He is now the president of the Scuola Superiore di Studi Umanistici at the University of Bologna.

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

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