David L. Rabinowitz

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David Lincoln Rabinowitz
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David Lincoln Rabinowitz working at the NEAT-Project
Born 1960 (age 54–55)
Fields Astrophysics
Institutions Yale University's Center for Astronomy and Astrophysics
University of Arizona Lunar and Planetary Laboratory
Alma mater Yale University
University of Chicago
Thesis Joint Convolutional and Orthogonal Decoding of Interleaved-Data Frames for IS-95 CDMA Communications (1996)
Known for Co-discoverer of the new population of dwarf planets in the outer solar system

David Lincoln Rabinowitz (born 1960) is a researcher at Yale University. He has built CCD cameras and software for the detection of near-Earth asteroids and Kuiper Belt Objects,[1] and his research has helped reduce the assumed number of near-Earth asteroids larger than 1 km by half, from 1,000–2,000 to 500–1,000[2] He has also assisted in the detection of distant solar system objects, supernovae, and quasars, thereby helping to understand the origin and evolution of the solar system and the dark energy driving the accelerated expansion of the universe.

Collaborating with Michael Brown and Chad Trujillo of the Quasar Equatorial Survey Team, he has participated in the discovery of several plutoids such as 90377 Sedna (possibly the first known inner Oort cloud object[3]), 90482 Orcus,[4] Eris (more massive than Pluto[5]), Haumea,[6] and Makemake,[7] although he would not get credit for Haumea.

Together with Tom Gehrels of the University of Arizona and his Spacewatch Team, Rabinowitz discovered or co-discovered other astronomical objects including 5145 Pholus[8] and 1991 BA.

Discovered minor planets
Number (prov.) Name Date Refs
120178 2003 OP32 July 26 2003 [1][2]
136199 Eris October 21 2003 [1][2]
90377 Sedna November 14 2003 [1][2]
90482 Orcus February 17 2004 [1][2]
120348 2004 TY364 October 3 2004 [1][2]
175113 2004 PF115 August 7 2004 [1][2]
136472 Makemake March 31 2005 [1][2]
353222 2009 YD7 December 16 2009
386723 2009 YE7 December 17 2009  –
349933 2009 YF7 December 19 2009
382004 2010 RM64 September 9 2010 [3][4]
445473 2010 VZ98 November 11 2010 [3][4]
1 with Michael E. Brown
2 with Chad Trujillo
3 with Megan E. Schwamb
4 with Suzanne W. Tourtellotte


  1. ^ David Rabinowitz overview
  2. ^ NASA report on the reduction of the number of near earth asteroids.
  3. ^ The Astrophysical Journal.
  4. ^ BBC report.
  5. ^ Brown, Michael E.; Schaller, Emily L. (15 June 2007). "The Mass of Dwarf Planet Eris". Science 316 (5831): 1585. Bibcode:2007Sci...316.1585B. doi:10.1126/science.1139415. PMID 17569855. 
  6. ^ M. E. Brown, A. H. Bouchez, D. L. Rabinowitz, R. Sari, C. A. Trujillo, M. A. van Dam, R. Campbell, J. Chin, S. Hartman, E. Johansson, R. Lafon, D. LeMignant, P. Stomski, D. Summers, P. L. Wizinowich Keck Observatory laser guide star adaptive optics discovery and characterization of a satellite to large Kuiper belt object 2003 EL61, The Astrophysical Journal Letters, 632, L45 (October 2005) Full text from Caltech
  7. ^ Memphis Archeological and Geological Society.
  8. ^ The Encyclopedia of Astrobiology, Astronomy and Spaceflight.