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 number-range that have received names, and explains the meanings of those names. The official naming citations have been published in MPC's Minor Planet Circulars and in Lutz D. Schmadel's Dictionary of Minor Planet Names. Meanings marked with † or * are from legacy sources may contain errors.
Diana E. Wheeler (born 1950) made fundamental contributions to understanding the physiological basis of caste determination in social insects. Her research blazed the trail for uncovering the relationship between environmental factors and physiology and the evolution of eusociality which is at the core for gene-environment interactions.