Minor planets named for truly remarkable people.


Jennifer Anne D´Ascoli (b. 1986) is a finalist in the 2004 Intel Science Talent Search, a science competition for high school seniors. dissertation Pravec pointed out that the lightcurve of 1994 AW1, an NEO found by the discoverer, strongly suggests that the object is binary. He attends the Heritage Middle School, Maryville, Tennessee.


Susan Duncan mentored a finalist in the 2011 Broadcom MASTERS, a math and science competition for middle-school students. A Yorkshireman by birth, he worked for many years as Shell Oil's chief chemist in South Africa. Michel Polnareff (b. 1944) is a French singer and a songwriter who has been very popular since his 1966 recording of the song "La poupée qui fait non".


Le Hien Thi Phan (b. 1990) was awarded second place in the 2008 Intel International Science and Engineering Fair for her biochemistry team project She attends the Chamblee Charter High School, Chamblee, Georgia, U.S.A. Naval Observatory, in appreciation of her untiring and successful efforts to advance the knowledge of the motions and physical properties of comets and minor planets. She attends the Jesuit High School, Portland, Oregon, U.S.A.


Named in honor of the Pasadena Symphony, now celebrating its 60th anniversary. She attends the Maclay School, Tallahassee, Florida, U.S.A. In 1933 he emigrated from Germany.


During the past three decades amateur astronomer Kiyomi Okasaki (b. 1950) has discovered two comets and three supernovae at his observatory in Kahoku, Yamagata prefecture. She teaches at the South Pasadena Middle School, South Pasadena, California. He works on asteroids, comets, and meteors.

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

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