Billbaum

1985 GX. Discovered 1985 Apr. 15 by E. Bowell at Anderson Mesa.

Named in honor of William A. Baum on the occasion of his retirement from the directorship of the Planetary Research Center at Lowell Observatory, a post he has held since 1965. Baum's astronomical research is extraordinarily diverse, covering many of the major fields of optical astronomy. He has contributed importantly to studies of atmospheric and surface phenomena on Mars, Saturn's rings, the properties of grains in cometary comae, metallicity gradients in elliptical galaxies, and testing the constancy of fundamental atomic constants over cosmological timescales. Additionally, he has been active in the development of instrumentation, including early pulse-counting equipment, the Carnegie image tube, image stabilization devices and astronomical optics in general. Baum directed the International Planetary Patrol Program, was a member of the imaging team in the Viking missions to Mars and is currently a member of the Hubble Space Telescope Wide Field/Planetary Camera team. He has served on many national panels and committees and, in 1976-1977, as president of the Division for Planetary Sciences of the American Astronomical Society. (M 18139)

Citation material provided by R. L. Millis at the request of the discoverer.

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