Chladni

1985 FB2. Discovered 1985 Mar. 22 by E. Bowell at Anderson Mesa.

Named in honor of Ernst Florens Friedrich Chladni (1756-1827), German meteoriticist. Generally regarded as the 'Father of Meteoritics', Chladni was initially trained as a lawyer. He never held a permanent position, but he travelled among the great cities of Europe giving lectures. It was on these travels that Chladni's interest turned to meteorites, and in 1794 he published a pioneering book in which he presented convincing evidence that meteorites originate in space. Never before or since has the birth of a scientific discipline been so closely associated with the publication of a single book. (M 22829)

Name suggested and citation prepared by T. J. McCoy, who also recently recognized Chladni by the naming of a mineral - chladniite. Chladni is also honored by a lunar crater.

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