Korado Korlević (born on 19 September 1958 in Poreč) is a Croatian astronomer. He is a prolific discoverer of asteroids (1197 as of January 2007, ranging from 7364 Otonkučera to (137971) 2000 CQ39) and has also discovered two comets: 183P/Korlević-Jurić and 203P/Korlević.
Korlević became active in astronomy during his college years in Pula, where he became active within a local amateur astronomical society. He spent the next few years honing his art, by making telescopes and teaching others, including teaching posts at the Amateur Astronomical Society of Višnjan. In 1981 Korlević was qualified with a B.Sc. from the pedagogical faculty of Rijeka. Towards the end of the 1980s, after some time teaching at polytechnic schools, he co-founded the Yugoslav School of Astronomy, later known as the Višnjan School of Astronomy.
Within this organisation he was able to study meteors and asteroids more seriously, and played a central role in the forming of the International Meteor Organisation as the organization formed. Korlević participated in the first International Tunguska Expedition. Motivated by new lines of research raise by this expedition, Korlević set about replacing the Višnjan Observatory's telescope, which had been badly damaged during the Serbian occupation of Croatia and Bosnia. In particular, the telescope was sent to Sarajevo to help the defenders during the Siege of Sarajevo. In 1995 this new telescope produced the first astrometric line, and soon Korlević and his colleagues had discovered previously undiscovered asteroids, a big breakthrough for Croatian astronomy.
The Višnjan team have built a new observatory some 4 km away in Tićan to continue their work on Near Earth Objects (NEO). On the Tićan site they have also built the world's largest Schumann Antenna. They'll use this to prove that meteors penetrating the ionosphere have a significant effect on Schumann resonances.
Korlević the Educator
Korado Korlević was the editor of Nebeske krijesnice, an astronomy newsletter, and an often-quoted expert for astronomical articles on the topic of small bodies and impact. The teaching of astronomy, and passing his enthusiasm for it onto younger generations, is still a central priority for Korlević, and he spends much time teaching.
Korlević is a member of the following organisations:
- International Meteor Organization
- The Planetary Society
- Spaceguard Foundation
- Astronomical Society of the Pacific
- European Council for High Ability (ECHA)
- National Geographic Society
- Croatian entomological society
- Lions International
Awards and honours
- Poreč city prize "San Mauro" — "for educational achievements"
- Asteroid 10201 was named "Korado" — "for his educational, astronomical and social contribution"
- Edgar Wilson Award 1999 — "for comet discovery"
- Edgar Wilson Award 2000 — "for comet discovery"
- Ivan Filipović Award 2002 — Croatian Ministry of Education
- Korado Korlević at the Višnjan Observatory official website
- Korado Korlević on the Croatian Walk of Fame in Opatija