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4 asteroids named during ASSA Symposium
Uploaded on 8 October 2006


During a special dinner at Kopano Nokeng Country Estate near Bloemfontein, the following 4 asteroids were named after people who are associated with Boyden Observatory.

Asteroid Naming Ceremony
7th ASSA Symposium
29 September 2006, Kopano Nokeng Country Lodge


 The following 4 asteroids have been named during the ceremony:

(14310) Shuttleworth = 1966 PP

Discovered 1966 August 7 at Bloemfontein.
South African businessman Mark Shuttleworth (b. 1973) was the first citizen of a country in Africa to venture into space.  A civilian cosmonaut on a Soyuz mission in 2002, he spent eight days aboard the International Space Station, where he participated in experiments involving AIDS and genome research.


(4301) Boyden = 1966 PM

Discovered 1966 August 7 at Bloemfontein.
Massachusetts mechanical engineer Uriah Atherton Boyden (1804-1879) designed an improved turbine waterwheel for use in textile mills.  His bequest to build a new observatory at a mountain site allowed the Harvard College Observatory to establish the Boyden Observatory at Arequipa.  It moved to Bloemfontein in 1927.


(5298) Paraskevopoulos = 1966 PK

Discovered 1966 August 7 at Bloemfontein.
After failing to acquire a large telescope for the Athens Observatory, John Stefanos Paraskevopoulos (1889-1951) joined the Boyden Observatory staff and was responsible for selecting the site at Mazelspoort, near Bloemfontein.
When death ended his superintendency this was one of the finest observatories in the southern hemisphere.


(11781) Alexroberts = 1966 PL

Discovered 1966 August 7 at Bloemfontein.
Born in Scotland, Alexander William Roberts (1857-1938) emigrated in 1883 to South Africa, where he taught at and later became principal of Lovedale Training School in Eastern Cape Province.  He was one of the most prolific observers of variable stars in the southern hemisphere, and his records are maintained at the Boyden Observatory.


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