1984 UT. Discovered 1984 Oct. 26 by E. Bowell at Anderson Mesa.

Named in honor of William R. Ward (1943- ), an accomplished theoretician who specializes in dynamics and celestial mechanics. Ward has made fundamental contributions to a wide variety of topics in modern planetary science, including both solar nebula and circumplanetary disk dynamics, the origin of the moon, planetesimal formation, planetary ring dynamics, and martian obliquity variations and their coupling to planetwide climatological change. Ward has spent most of his career at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory and Southwest Research Institute, Boulder. Both his talents and his good spirits are enjoyed by colleagues around the world. (M 35487)

Name proposed and citation written by S. A. Stern.

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