The asteroid was discovered on May 9, 1988 by Carolyn S. Shoemaker and Eugene M. Shoemaker at Palomar. It was named for Candace P. Kohl, American chemist and a leading investigator of ancient solar activity through analysis of solar cosmic-ray-produced nuclides in lunar samples. She has also contributed importantly in the development of techniques for dating surface exposure of materials on the earth from cosmic-ray-produced nuclides. Through her popular lectures on meteorites, the moon and the solar system, Kohl has reached a wide audience ranging from primary-school children to high-school students and the lay community. Citation provided by K. Nishiizumi at the request of the discoverers.