Minor planets named for truly remarkable people.


Donghua Chen (b. 1948) of Gulangyu, Xiamen, is a retired surgeon and active amateur astronomer well known throughout China. 28, a month before his 102nd birthday. He attends Boys Town Jerusalem, Jerusalem, Israel.


Jacob J. Shapiro (b. 1989) was awarded second place in the 2007 Intel International Science and Engineering Fair for his mathematical sciences team project. His observational work includes mid- to far-infrared photometry, spectroscopy and polarimetry with the Infrared Space Observatory. Jindrich{u°}v Hradec is the pleasant south Bohemian town founded in the thirteenth century, known for its Renaissance château and provost's Gothic church situated precisely on the fifteenth meridian east of Greenwich, as a line across its paving stones shows.


Pavel L´vovich Shilling (1786-1837) was an outstanding Russian inventor and orientalist. She teaches at the Honey Creek Middle School, Terre Haute, Indiana. He attends the Montgomery Blair High School, Silver Spring, Maryland.


Named in honor of Elizabeth M. Bilson (b. 1937), administrative director of the Center for Radiophysics and Space Research (CRSR), Cornell University. This tribute pays special note to those SURF students who have participated in asteroid discovery and physical observation programs at JPL. He spent two successive and successful summers at the Caussols Schmidt, implementing a very efficient package inside PRISM for the automatic detection of minor planets, in recent years used by many members of the AUDE group.


Christopher Allen Zimmerman (b. 1989) was awarded second place in the 2008 Intel International Science and Engineering Fair for his chemistry project. During the plague in 1520-1521 the original Czech inhabitans died out. Gehrig was a consistent left-handed batsman, with a career average of 0.340, but his career was ended prematurely as a result of amyothrophic lateral sclerosis ("Lou Gehrig's Disease").

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

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