Meanings of minor planet names: 40001–41000

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This is a partial list of meanings of minor planet names. See meanings of minor planet names for a list of all such partial lists.

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.

Besides the Minor Planet Circulars (in which the citations are published), a key source is Lutz D. Schmadel's Dictionary of Minor Planet Names, among others.[1][2][3] Meanings that do not quote a reference (the "†" links) are tentative. Meanings marked with an asterisk (*) are guesswork, and should be checked against the mentioned sources to ensure that the identification is correct.


Number–Name Prov. Designation Source of Name
40007 Vieuxtemps 1998 HV102 Henri Vieuxtemps (1820-1881), a Belgian composer and violist. JPL
40092 Memel 1998 ME47 Memel River, whose Couronian-Latvian name means silent. JPL


Number–Name Prov. Designation Source of Name
40106 Erben 1998 QW5 Karel Jaromír Erben, 19th-century Czech author, poet, and collector of folk songs, rhymes and fairy tales JPL


Number–Name Prov. Designation Source of Name
40206 Lhenice 1998 SB36 Lhenice, South Bohemia, Czech market town
40227 Tahiti 1998 SR145 Tahiti, the largest island in French Polynesia, where the British astronomer Charles Green observed the 1769 transit of Venus JPL
40230 Rožmberk 1998 TJ6 Rozmberkové (The Rosenbergs), one of the most significant Bohemian noble families JPL


Number–Name Prov. Designation Source of Name
40328 Dow 1999 MK Marjorie Dow Healy, the discoverer's mother


Number–Name Prov. Designation Source of Name
40409 Taichikato 1999 RS2 Taichi Kato, Japanese astronomer JPL
40410 Příhoda 1999 RJ3 Pavel Príhoda, Czech author and astronomy popularizer, editor-in-chief of the The Czech Astronomical Yearbook JPL
40436 Sylviecoyaud 1999 RQ32 Sylvie Coyaud, French-Italian scientific reporter and amateur astronomer JPL
40440 Dobrovský 1999 RU34 Josef Dobrovský, 18th-19th century Czech linguist, who codified the rules of the written Czech language JPL
40441 Jungmann 1999 RW34 Josef Jungmann, 18th-19th century Czech poet, publicist and literary historian, author of the Czech-German Dictionary JPL
40444 Palacký 1999 RV35 Frantisek Palacký, 19th-century Czech historian and politician JPL
40447 Lorenzoni 1999 RC37 Giuseppe Lorenzoni (1843-1914), an Italian astronomer and scientist JPL
40457 Williamkuhn 1999 RG43 William Kuhn, American amateur astronomer, designer of the Orange County Astronomers 57 cm Kuhn telescope at Anza, California
40459 Rektorys 1999 RK43 Karel Rektorys, Czech mathematician and professor at the Czech Technical University in Prague JPL
40463 Frankkameny 1999 RE44 Frank Kameny, American astronomer in the 1950s JPL


Number–Name Prov. Designation Source of Name
There are no named minor planets in this number range


Number–Name Prov. Designation Source of Name
40684 Vanhoeck 1999 RE214 Luc Vanhoeck, Belgian amateur astronomer and pioneer of digital astrophotography JPL


Number–Name Prov. Designation Source of Name
40764 Gerhardiser 1999 TA16 Gerhard Iser, German amateur astronomer and mentor of one of the discoverers JPL
40774 Iwaigame 1999 TH20 Iwaigame Mountain, located in the southern part of the Asahi mountain range. JPL


Number–Name Prov. Designation Source of Name
There are no named minor planets in this number range


Number–Name Prov. Designation Source of Name
40917 Pauljorden 1999 TW156 Paul Jorden (b. 1951) has a unique career that has included leadership positions in the scientific community (Royal Greenwich Observatory) and industry (e2v technologies). His teams have developed state-of-the-art imaging sensors and applied them to ground-based and space astronomy over a period of more than three decades. JPL
40919 Johntonry 1999 TF162 John Tonry (b. 1953), of the University of Hawaii, has worked at the cutting edge of science and technology in astronomy. He developed the orthogonal transfer CCD concept, and a new method for extragalactic distance determinations, and was on the team that made the Nobel Prize winning discovery of dark energy. JPL
40981 Stephenholland 1999 TL284 Stephen Holland (b. 1956), of Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, is a pioneer in the development of silicon detectors for medical imaging, x-ray photon sciences, astronomy, and high-energy physics. JPL
40994 Tekaridake 1999 UZ2 Tekaridake, a mountain in the northern part of Shizuoka Prefecture, Japan JPL


  1. ^ Schmadel, Lutz D. (2003). Dictionary of Minor Planet Names. Springer Berlin Heidelberg. ISBN 978-3-540-00238-3. Retrieved 27 July 2016. 
  2. ^ Schmadel, Lutz D. (2006). Dictionary of Minor Planet Names – Addendum to Fifth Edition: 2003–2005. Springer Berlin Heidelberg. ISBN 978-3-540-34360-8. Retrieved 27 July 2016. 
  3. ^ "MPC/MPO/MPS Archive". Minor Planet Center. Retrieved 27 July 2016. 

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Meanings of minor planet names
List of minor planets: 40,001–41,000
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