Meanings of minor planet names: 51001–52000

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As minor planet discoveries are confirmed, they are given a permanent number by the IAU's Minor Planet Center, 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 span of numbers that have received names, and explains the meanings of those names. Besides the Minor Planet Circulars (in which the citations are published), a key source is Lutz D. Schmadel's Dictionary of Minor Planet Names. Meanings that do not quote a reference (the "†" links) are tentative.

Minor planets not yet given a name have not been included in this list.

Name Provisional Designation Source of Name
51201–51300
51261 Holuša 2000 JH64 Jirí Holusa, educator at Ostrava Planetarium, Czech Republic
51401–51500
51406 Massimocalvani 2001 DL108 Massimo Calvani, Italian astronomer, director of the Osservatorio Astronomico di Padova (Astronomical Observatory of Padua) and Asiago from 1999 to 2005
51415 Tovinder 2001 ER13 Pat Tovsen and her husband Philip Inderwiesen, American light pollution control advocates
51430 Ireneclaire 2001 FH7 Irene Claire Schwartz, mother of Michael Schwartz of Tenagra Observatories
51431 Jayardee 2001 FH9 James R. Durig ("J. R. D."), astronomer and the father of the discoverer
51501–51600
51569 Garywessen 2001 HV3 Gary Wessen (born 1949) has conducted archaeological research in western North America for over 40 years and has recorded over 250 new sites. He works with many Native American tribes, especially the Makah. He has also served as an officer for many archaeological associations.
51570 Phendricksen 2001 HE4 Peter B. Hendricksen, electrical engineer, mathematician, accomplished classical guitarist and past president of the Black Hills Astronomical Society
51599 Brittany 2001 HR24 Brittany Johnson, niece of the discoverer
51601–51700
51655 Susannemond 2001 JA Susanne Marie Emond, American dietitian and friend of the discoverer
51663 Lovelock 2001 JL7 James Lovelock, chemist, inventor, earth system scientist and author
51701–51800
51741 Davidixon 2001 KQ50 David Dixon, American amateur astronomer, who operates Jornada Observatory, New Mexico
51772 Sparker 2001 MJ Steve Parker, director of Hidden Valley Observatory
51801–51900
51823 Rickhusband 2001 OY28 Rick Husband, American astronaut, commander of the space shuttle Columbia (STS-107)
51824 Mikeanderson 2001 OE30 Michael P. Anderson, American astronaut, payload commander of the space shuttle Columbia (STS-107)
51825 Davidbrown 2001 OQ33 David M. Brown, American astronaut, mission specialist on board the space shuttle Columbia (STS-107)
51826 Kalpanachawla 2001 OB34 Kalpana Chawla, American astronaut, mission specialist on board the space shuttle Columbia (STS-107)
51827 Laurelclark 2001 OH38 Laurel B. Clark, American astronaut, mission specialist on board the space shuttle Columbia (STS-107)
51828 Ilanramon 2001 OU39 Ilan Ramon, Israeli astronaut, payload specialist on board the space shuttle Columbia (STS-107)
51829 Williemccool 2001 OD41 William C. "Willie" McCool, American astronaut, pilot of the space shuttle Columbia (STS-107)
51895 Biblialexa 2001 QX33 Bibliotheca Alexandrina, a revival of the old library at Alexandria
51901–52000
51983 Hönig 2001 SZ8 Sebastian F. Hönig, German amateur astronomer
Preceded by
50,001–51,000
Meanings of minor planet names
List of minor planets: 51,001–52,000
Succeeded by
52,001–53,000