Minor planets named for truly remarkable people.


Charles W. Juels (b. 1944) of Fountain Hills, Arizona, is a public health physician/psychiatrist and an amateur astronomer who discovered and demonstrated that hunting minor planets can be an addictive activity. As president of the Max-Planck-Gesellschaft during 1948-1960 he warned of the dangers of atomic energy. Named for the southernmost continent, in honor of the third Soviet Antarctic Expedition, in which the discoverer participated.


A composite name to honor the children of the discoverer: Rebecca Anne Salyards (b. 1988), Philip Stephen Salyards (b. 1991) and Timothy Theodore Salyards (b. 1995), all of whom enjoy studying the night sky. He attends the Plano East Senior High School, Plano, Texas, U.S.A. A fortress established in 1593 made Belgorod a key stronghold in protecting Russia's southern border against the Tatars in the seventeenth century.


Bernie Shellem mentored a finalist in the 2013 Intel Science Talent Search, a science competition for high-school seniors. He attends the Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology, Alexandria, Virginia, U.S.A. Founded in 1925 by a group that included Albert Einstein, the University has evolved into an institution that tackles traditional and interdisciplinary fields.


Dorothy S. Norton (b. 1945) is a scientific illustrator specializing in astronomy, geology and paleontology. " Author of The Color Atlas of Galaxies (1988), and founder of SciTech Astronomical Research (1989), he currently develops state-of-the-art automated observatories.


Václav Cílek (b. 1955) is a Czech geologist, climatologist, writer, philosopher and science popularizer. She moved to Tucson, Arizona, in the late 1990s, where she is a massage therapist. Named in honor of the Soviet writer Valentin Grigorjevich Rasputin.

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

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