1990 RW. Discovered 1990 Sept. 14 by H. E. Holt at Palomar.

Named in honor of Pierre Couturier (1942- ), president of the Observatoire de Paris. An expert in coronal heating and solar wind expansion, Couturier was initially a plasma physicist working on the solar wind. He became co-investigator of the radio experiment on the International Comet Explorer, which flew by comet 21P/Giacobini-Zinner in 1985. For five years, Couturier was associate director of the Institut National des Sciences de l'Univers, and he then became director of the Canada-France-Hawaii Telescope Corporation. (M 35482)

Name suggested by M. A. Barucci and M. Fulchignoni, and citation prepared by C. de Bergh.

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