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.
Francesco Palla (1954–2016) was an Italian astronomer, known for his contributions to the field of star formation. He was Director of the Arcetri Astrophysical Observatory from 2005 to 2011, and author of more than 300 scientific papers. Palla coauthored, with Steve Stahler, the textbook The Formation of Stars.
A. Robert Bauer, Sr., MD (1897–1984) successfully combined oxygen, heat, humidity and ease of nursing care in 1931 to create the first modern neonatal intensive care unit-grade incubator. Roughly one in eight infants are born prematurely, and many of them have benefited from Bauer's invention.