Minor planets named for truly remarkable people.
Geertruida ("Truus") Wijsmuller-Meijer (1896-1978) was a member of the Dutch resistance who rescued some ten thousand Jewish children before and during WWII and smuggled them to safety. The first discoverer spent his boyhood in Tsubetsu between 1966 and 1972. He teaches at the Keystone School, San Antonio, Texas.
Virgilio Fossombroni (b. 1946), a teacher of Italian Literature, developed a keen interest in science in general and taught the first rudiments of astronomy to the first discoverer when he was a little boy. Zakharchenya is well known for his investigations in the fields of solid state physics, magneto-optics and optical orientation of electrons and nuclei in semiconductors. He attends the Kennewick High School, Kennewick, Washington, U.S.A.
Named for the Italian town on the 1000th anniversary of the first mention of its actual name in an official document. The wealth of poetic images, inspired by the splendid and at the same time rough nature of the Provence, evokes his personal ideas on the irreplacable things of life. As well as making a number of discoveries, Sicoli has undertaken fine follow-up work of near-earth objects and has computed many orbits.
Wenyu Cao (b. 1993) was a finalist in the 2010 Intel Science Talent Search, a science competition for high-school seniors, for his mathematical-sciences project. From 1986 to 1993 he has been of irreplaceable help to, and has become a very good friend of, the discoverer during the observations at Haute Provence. He teaches at the Durham Academy Upper School, Durham, North Carolina.
David Green mentored a finalist in the 2008 Intel Science Talent Search (STS), a science competition for high school seniors. He was also responsible for establishing diplomatic links between Wales and the papacy. His designs often involved remarkable resourcefulness and ingenuity, such as using borosilicate glass cut from old color television picture-tube faceplates as f/2 Schmidt camera primary mirror blanks.
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