Xi Zezong

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Xi Zezong
Traditional Chinese席澤宗
Simplified Chinese席泽宗

Xi Zezong (June 6, 1927, Yuanqu, Shanxi – December 27, 2008, Beijing) was a Chinese astronomer, historian, and translator.[1][2] He is best known for finding in ancient Chinese history a reference to Ganymede being visible to the human eye by ancient astronomer Gan De, before it was officially recognised by the West. He was a member of the Chinese Academy of Sciences, and an Awardee of the Astronomy Prize.

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Asteroid 85472 Xizezong, discovered by the Beijing Schmidt CCD Asteroid Program in 1997, was named in his honor.[3] The official naming citation was published by the Minor Planet Center on April 2, 2007 (M.P.C. 59388).[4]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "In Memoriam: Xi Zezong". Newsletter of the History of Science Society. April 2009. Archived from the original on August 23, 2011. Retrieved October 20, 2011.
  2. ^ "Science historian XI Zezong, 81, passes away". Retrieved October 20, 2011.
  3. ^ "(85472) Xizezong = 1997 LF4 = 2000 EJ21". Minor Planet Center. Retrieved January 20, 2020.
  4. ^ "MPC/MPO/MPS Archive". Minor Planet Center. Retrieved January 20, 2020.

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