6766 P-L. Discovered 1960 Sept. 24 by C. J. van Houten and I. van Houten-Groeneveld at Palomar.

Named in memory of the Swedish physicochemist Svante August Arrhenius (1859-1927). A professor in Stockholm, he received the Nobel Prize for chemistry in 1903. He was the first to explain, in 1900, the formation of the tails of comets as a result of radiation pressure. (M 25977)

Arrhenius is also honored by craters on Mars and on the Moon. See also the citation for planet (5699).

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