Minor planets named for truly remarkable people.


As a chaplain at the penitentiaries of Tegel, Pl├Âtzensee and Brandenburg-G├Ârden in Berlin during 1933-1945, protestant theologian Harald Poelchau (1903-1972) comforted more than a thousand people condemned to death by the nazi regime. They were married in Aug. She attends the Shanghai American School, Shanghai, China. He attends the Saratoga High School, Saratoga, California, U.S.A.


Named in honor of Benjamin C. Steele for achievement as a finalist in the 2001 Discovery Young Scientist Challenge (DYSC), a middle school science competition. He specializes in photometry of minor planets and variable stars that he observes with the 0.6-m reflector at Pic du Midi Observatory. He attends the North Shore Hebrew Academy High School, Great Neck, New York.


Bandos is a small island (1.5 km in circumference) located in the North Male Atoll in the Republic of Maldives. A resident of Augsburg, Heinlein in 1989 took over direction of the western part of the European All Sky Meteor Camera Network, in collaboration with the Czech network. Citation prepared by W. K. Hartmann and D. J. Tholen at the request of the discoverer.


Kuniaki Horikawa (b. 1958), a computer systems engineer in Yokohama, started Jupiter observations in 1974, and he has obtained more than 3000 drawings and 8200 central-meridian transit timings. The main purpose of the institute is to help mentally handicapped people obtain job opportunities and participate positively in various social activities. His most beautiful work in prose is the short novel "Mozarts Reise nach Prag", written in a fluid, breathtaking style similar to Mozart's music.


Richard K. Schwartz (1933-1998) was an amateur astronomer in the \gamma -ray burster field at the Santa Barbara Astronomical Group. She teaches at the Syosset High School, Syosset, New York. As author of the blog Pharyngula and through public appearances and debates, he educates the public about evolution and science.

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

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