1983 SC. Discovered 1983 Sept. 28 by E. F. Helin and V. G. Shkodrov and V. G. Ivanova and A. Georgieva at Rozhen.

Named in honor of the mathematician John Atanasoff (1903-1995), a pioneer in the development of computers who between 1936 and 1942 created an operating model with regenerative memory that utilized a magnetic drum and some relay logical schemes. At the same time he lectured on mathematics and physics at Iowa State University. Atanasoff, whose father was a Bulgarian, has been a member of the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences since 1983. (M 12806)

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