Comba

1984 CM. Discovered 1984 Feb. 5 by E. Bowell at Anderson Mesa.

Named in honor of Paul G. Comba (1926- ), who gave up a career in celestial mechanics and astronomy for one in mathematics and computer science. After teaching at the University of Hawaii during the 1950s, he worked for three decades at IBM in New York and Massachusetts, where he carried out software research and development in many areas, including database management, geometric modeling, elasticity and cryptography. Following his formal retirement to Prescott, Arizona, he undertook a program of astrometry of minor planets in 1995. He has already been credited with the discovery of 20 numbered objects. (M 34344)

Name proposed by the discoverer following a suggestion by B. G. Marsden, who prepared the citation.

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