Minor planets named for truly remarkable people.


Richard R. Joyce (b. 1944) is an astronomer at the National Optical Astronomy Observatory who studies late-type stars and mass loss using infrared spectroscopy. He believed that astronomy could inspire a student's interest in science and he put tremendous effort into astronomy education. He started his work as a lecturer in Ceské Budejovice (1862-1864).


Thomas Jan Stieltjes (1856-1894) was a professor at the University of Groningen. She attends the Santa Cruz High School, Santa Cruz, California, U.S.A. During the decades of his service in the Imperial Observatory, he participated in compiling and editing three very important astronomical works.


Named in honor of the wonderful Russian ballet-dancer Ekaterina Sergeevna Maximova (1939- ). This Phocaea-type minor planet was found on the same blue survey plates as the large-perihelion comet 1976c = 1975 II. They worked with bronze, copper and various plastics. Many of them were set to music and became popular songs.


Named for the beautiful seashore in the discoverer's home city of Kochi and one of the most famous tourist resorts in Japan. For almost 20 years the two brothers have been renowned for their patient and effective work with the telescope. During 1956-1958 he was a director of the Astronomical Institute in Tatranská Lomnica.


Frantisek "Freddy" Vaclík (1942-2010) was an amateur astronomer interested in variable star visual observations and searching for moldavites. He contributed significantly to the definition of fundamental astronomical and geodetic reference frames. She teaches at the Brearley School, New York, New York.

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

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