Agassiz

1977 RF. Discovered 1977 Sept. 9 at the Harvard College Observatory at Harvard.

Named in memory of Jean Louis Rodolphe Agassiz (1807-1873), Swiss-born naturalist, later a professor at Harvard, where he was the leading U.S. opponent of Darwin; his son Alexander Agassiz (1835-1910), marine zoologist and oceanographer; and his grandson George Russell Agassiz (1862-1951), for many years a friend and benefactor of the Harvard Observatory and for whom the Agassiz Station is named. (M 5451) Agassiz is also honored by a crater on Mars.

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