Matthew J. Holman

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Matthew J. Holman (born 1967) is a Smithsonian Astrophysicist and lecturer at Harvard University. Holman studied at MIT, where he received his bachelor's degree in mathematics in 1989 and his PhD in planetary science in 1994. He was awarded the Newcomb Cleveland Prize in 1998. The main-belt asteroid 3666 Holman was named in his honour in 1999 (M.P.C. 34619).[1][2]

He was part of a team that discovered numerous irregular satellites of Jupiter, Saturn (Albiorix), Uranus (Prospero, Setebos, Stephano, Trinculo, Margaret, Francisco, Ferdinand) and Neptune (Halimede, Sao, Laomedeia, Neso).[3]

He was a Salina Central High School (Kansas) classmate and fellow debate team member of Joe Miller, Alaskan Senate candidate.


  1. ^ Schmadel, Lutz D. (2007). Dictionary of Minor Planet Names – (3666) Holman. Springer Berlin Heidelberg. p. 308. ISBN 978-3-540-00238-3. Retrieved June 2016. 
  2. ^ "MPC/MPO/MPS Archive". Minor Planet Center. Retrieved June 2016. 
  3. ^ Discovery Circumstances (JPL)

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