Minor planets named for truly remarkable people.


The Tri-University Meson Facility (TRIUMF) is a major high-energy physics laboratory in Vancouver, British Columbia. Spinrad has been a pioneer in the use of the metastable oxygen line at 630 nm to determine water production in comets and in the study of faint periodic comets at large heliocentric distances. Named in memory of Christian Huygens (1629-1695), celebrated Dutch physicist and astronomer, well known for his wave theory of light and as the discoverer of Saturn's satellite Titan.


Daniel Lennard Kluesing (b. 1985) was awarded first place in the 2003 Intel International Science and Engineering Fair for his computer science project. Citation provided by M. F. A'Hearn following a suggestion by E. Bowell and endorsed by the discoverers. Despite extremely limited financial resources he succeeded in keeping Steward Observatory an active research center during the nearly three decades of his directorship, and he played a major role in persuading the Papago Tribal Council to lease the top of Kitt Peak to the AURA Board, thereby enabling the construction of the National Observatory on Kitt Peak.


The city of Yamagata, in the center of Yamagata prefecture, is famous for its castle town and casting industry. Sethos I built the Great Hall of Columns of the Amun temple in Karnak and the Osiris temple at Abydos. In 1988 and 1991, he set world records for the 100m.


Brittany Ann Sheehan (b. 1991) is a finalist in the 2005 Discovery Channel Young Scientist Challenge (DCYSC), a middle school science competition, for her biochemistry, medicine, health, & microbiology project. The San Jose area, home to the Ohlone Indians, was settled by the Spanish in 1777. Famous for the camping ground and beautiful starry nights, the summit is crowded with tourists in summer.


Gerhard Iser (b. 1962) was heavily involved with observations of minor planets at the Starkenburg Observatory during 1978-1982 and at that time was the mentor of Erwin Schwab, Jr., one of the discoverers of this minor planet. He attends the Herricks Senior High School, New Hyde Park, New York, U.S.A. He attends the West Linn High School, West Linn, Oregon, U.S.A.

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

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