Milorad B. Protić

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Milorad B. Protić
Minor planets discovered: 7 [1]
1517 Beograd March 20, 1938
1550 Tito November 29, 1937
1554 Yugoslavia September 6, 1940
1564 Srbija October 15, 1936
1675 Simonida March 20, 1938
2244 Tesla October 22, 1952
2348 Michkovitch January 10, 1939

Milorad B. Protić (Serbian Cyrillic: Милорад Б. Протић; 6 August 1911, Belgrade – 29 October 2001, Belgrade) was a Serbian astronomer, discoverer of comets and minor planets, and three times director of the Belgrade Observatory.[2]

He is credited by the Minor Planet Center with the discovery of 7 numbered asteroids asteroids during 1936–1952,[1] including 1675 Simonida, named after queen Simonida, wife of medieval Serbian king Stefan Milutin, and 2348 Michkovitch, a rare Erigone asteroid named after Vojislav Mišković (1892–1976), who was member of the Serbian Academy of Sciences and Arts and head of the Belgrade Observatory.[3] Protić has also independently discovered comet C/1947 Y1.[2]

He died on 29 October 2001 in Belgrade. The main-belt asteroid 22278 Protitch, discovered by Henri Debehogne at ESO's Chilean La Silla site in 1983, was named in his memory.[2] Naming citation was published on 30 December 2001 (M.P.C. 44186).[4]

Also, the outer main-belt asteroid 1724 Vladimir is named after Protić's grandson, while 5397 Vojislava is named after Vojislava Protić-Benišek, his daughter which is a member of its staff since 1972, where she continues her father's work on celestial mechanics and minor planets, together with her husband and son.

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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 c Schmadel, Lutz D. (2007). Dictionary of Minor Planet Names – (22278) Protitch. Springer Berlin Heidelberg. p. 869. ISBN 978-3-540-00238-3. Retrieved 20 July 2016. 
  3. ^ "2348 Michkovitch (1939 AA)". Minor Planet Center. Retrieved 20 July 2016. 
  4. ^ "MPC/MPO/MPS Archive". Minor Planet Center. Retrieved 20 July 2016. 

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