As minor planet discoveries are confirmed, they are given a permanent number by the IAU's Minor Planet Center (MPC), and the discoverers can then submit names for them, following the IAU's naming conventions. The list below concerns those minor planets in the specified number-range that have received names, and explains the meanings of those names.
Admetus (Admetos), from Greek mythology. The King of Pherae was saved by Apollo from his fated death when his wife Alcestis offers to die in his place, father of Eumelos, the best charioteer in the Greek army during the Trojan war
Hannie Schaft (1920–1945) was a member of the Dutch Resistance during World War II. Her nickname was "Het meisje met het rode haar" (the girl with the red hair), which is also the title of a book and film about her. Born as Jannetje Johanna Schaft, her secret name in the resistance movement was "Hannie". She was executed three weeks before the end of the war.
Franklin C. Loehde (born 1936) is a retired Canadian science educator in Edmonton. He was involved in successful efforts to build the Queen Elizabeth Planetarium in 1960 and the Edmonton Space Sciences Centre (now the Odyssium) in 1984. He served as National President of the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada during 1982–1984 (Src).
Phyllis Trapp (born 1952) has been an inspiration to many with her indomitable spirit during her courageous 18-year battle with breast cancer. Devoted to her family, she volunteered in her grandsons' school, encouraging and teaching students through her love and patience, and playing the piano for kindergarten performances.
Meister Eckhart (ca. 1260–1327/28), a German theologian and mystic from Thuringia. His philosophy is unique, although it combines Greek, Neoplatonic, Arabic and Scholastic elements. Because part of his theological writings are in German, he influenced German language and terminology.
Marcel Aymé (1902–1967) was a French novelist, screenwriter and theater playwright. Educated at the College de Dole, he worked as a journalist in Paris while publishing his first novel Brûlebois (1926). His novel La Table aux crevés won the Prix Renaudot in 1929. He was buried near Montmartre.
Leon M. Lederman (1922–2018) was an American particle physicist and 1988 Physics Nobel Laureate. In 1962 he discovered the muon neutrino and in 1977 the bottom quark. Since 1989 he has been director emeritus of the Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory, and is the author of The God particle.
Gertrude the Great (1256–1302), a German mystic who lived in the nunnery of Helfta near Eisleben. Her popular poetic writings Legatus Divinae Pietatis and Exercitia Spiritualia represent her religious experiences and the theological view of her time.
The German city of Halle in Saxony Anhalt, where the University of Halle-Wittenberg, the academy of Art and Design, and the Franckesche foundation is located. It is also the birth place of George Frideric Handel.
The famous Benedictine Abbey in Weltenburg on the Danube is the oldest monastery in Bavaria. It was founded around 600 CE and the monks have brewed beer there since 1050. It is the world's oldest monastic brewery.
Habsburg Castle or Habichtsburg (lit. "hawk's castle"), is a ruin in the Swiss canton of Aargau. It is the ancestral seat of the European Habsburg dynasty, which reigned for 1000 years. Its power culminated with emperor Karl V (1500–1558). The name was suggested by Freimut Börngen who co-discovered this asteroid.
John A. Hault (born 1946) a Canadian public science educator. He was curator of Edmonton's Queen Elizabeth Planetarium when, in the mid–1970s, he recognized the need for a major science center. He played the major role in developing the project and served as the first director of the Edmonton Space Sciences Centre (now the Odyssium) when it opened in 1984.
Johann Hermann Schein (1586–1630), born and died in Saxony, was cantor of Leipzig's Thomanerchor for 16 years. He belongs to the grand three "S" of baroque music in Germany: the three composers Schütz, Schein and Scheidt, were born in 1585, 1586 and 1587, respectively.
Joachim Neander (1650–1680), a German theologian and headmaster of a Latin school. He wrote the words to the ecumenical hymn Praise to the Lord, the Almighty. The Neander Valley, where the Neandertal was found, is also named after him.
Atsushi Mori (1970–2007), a Japanese astronomer, was a researcher at the National Astronomical Observatory (2000–2003) and Nishi-Harima Astronomical Observatory (2003–2007). He devoted himself to the study of cometary physics, as well as to educating the general public about astronomy.
Franz Lehár (1870–1948), an Austrian composer who created a new style of Viennese operetta. In 1905, he achieved worldwide success with The Merry Widow, The Land of Smiles, and other operettas followed. Several of his works were filmed.
Walter Payton (1954–1999) an American football player who was one of the greatest running backs ever to play in the National Football League. He is considered by many to be the best all-around football player ever. His 13-year career was with the Chicago Bears. He was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1993.
Josef Rosenauer [cs] (1735–1804) was a Czech engineer who designed and built of the Schwarzenberg Canal for floating timber from the Šumava mountains to Vienna. Finished in 1793, this waterway connected the Vltava and the Danube, two rivers that flow into different seas.
Paul Flora (1922–2009) was an Austrian caricaturist, graphic artist and illustrator. He was born in South Tyrol, Italy, but has lived in Innsbruck, North Tyrol, Austria, since his early years. His first book, Flora's Fauna, was published in 1953. His ironic and sarcastic drawings, sketched in a distinctive, unique style, have gained international recognition.
Janis Krastins (born 1943), a Latvian architect and a prolific and enthusiastic contemporary scholar of Riga's architecture. He has contributed more than 600 papers and several books on the subject. A graduate of Riga's Polytechnic Institute, he has lectured at Harvard University on architectural eclecticism and Art Nouveau.
Martin Pepper (born 1976), Ryan Pepper (born 1977) and Amber Pepper (born 1980), are the children of one of the co-discoverers at the Needville Observatory in Texas, to which the discovery is officially credited
Xi Zezong (1927–2008), Chinese science historian and member of the Chinese Academy of Sciences. He made many contributions to the history of science, especially to the history of astronomy. His New Catalogue of Ancient Novae (1955) has received wide attention in the contemporary astrophysical community.
Werner E. Celnik (born 1953) studied astrophysics and is a longtime German amateur astronomer. He served as president of the German Vereinigung der Sternfreunde. As an astronomy writer and lecturer he always keeps the interests of beginning amateur astronomers in mind. He is also an experienced astrophotographer
Yvon (born 1932), Marc (born 1966) and Delphine (born 1960) Rieugnie helped many French amateur astronomers build their own telescopes and mirrors. They also contribute in the Association des Utilisateurs de Détecteurs Electroniques and the Société Astronomique de France
František "Freddy" Vaclík (1942–2010) was an amateur astronomer interested in variable star visual observations and searching for moldavites. He actively took part in astronomical biking "Ebicykl" and served as the long-time chairman of the Czech Astronomical Society in Southern Bohemia
Jennifer Gutbezahl (born 1963), American psychologist deeply involved in the evaluation of the NASA Space Science Mission Directorate's education and public outreach programs. Her academic background includes explorations of the human experience from both an artistic and a scientific viewpoint.
T. Gregory Guzik (born 1952), a Professor at Louisiana State University who researched cosmic rays while promoting student and public involvement with science for more than 30 years. A founding member of the Highland Road Park Observatory in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, he developed ballooning programs for training new scientists and engineers.
Fundação Terra is a non-profit and non-governmental organization, whose efforts to help the poorest people in the Northeast region of Brazil have guaranteed their wellness through donations and philanthropic gestures for more than 30 years.