Harry Edwin Wood

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Asteroids discovered: 12 [1]
715 Transvaalia 22 April 1911
758 Mancunia 18 May 1912
790 Pretoria 16 January 1912
982 Franklina 21 May 1922
1032 Pafuri 30 May 1924
1096 Reunerta 21 July 1928
1241 Dysona 4 March 1932
1305 Pongola 19 July 1928
1595 Tanga [1] 19 June 1930
1663 van den Bos 4 August 1926
2193 Jackson 18 May 1926
3300 McGlasson 10 July 1928
  1. 1 with Cyril Jackson

Harry Edwin Wood (3 February 1881 – 27 February 1946) was an English astronomer, director of the South African Union Observatory in Johannesburg, and discoverer of minor planets.[2][3]

Wood was born in Manchester, England, graduating from Manchester University in 1902 with first class honours in physics, going on to gain an M.Sc in 1905. In 1906 he was appointed the Chief Assistant at the Transvaal Meteorological Observatory, which soon acquired telescopes and which became known as the Union Observatory and later Republic Observatory. In 1909, he married Mary Ethel Greengrass, also a physics graduate of Manchester University. Wood served as the observatory's director from 1928 to 1941, succeeding Robert Innes. He also served as the president of the Astronomical Society of South Africa from 1929 to 1930.[2]

Wood is credited by the Minor Planet Center with the discovery of 12 numbered asteroids during 1911–1932.[1]

He died in Mortimer, in the Eastern Cape province of South Africa, in 1946. The asteroid 1660 Wood, discovered by his college Jacobus Bruwer at Johannesburg, is named in his honor (M.P.C. 3297).[3]

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  1. ^ a b "Minor Planet Discoverers (by number)". Minor Planet Center. 22 June 2016. Retrieved 20 July 2016. 
  2. ^ a b RAS (December 1946). "Obituary Notices :- Wood, Harry Edwin". Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society. 107: 60. Bibcode:1947MNRAS.107...60.. doi:10.1093/mnras/107.1.60. Retrieved 20 July 2016. 
  3. ^ a b Schmadel, Lutz D. (2007). Dictionary of Minor Planet Names – (1660) Wood. Springer Berlin Heidelberg. p. 132. ISBN 978-3-540-00238-3. Retrieved 20 July 2016. 

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