1989 SG5. Discovered 1989 Sept. 26 by E. W. Elst at La Silla.

Named in memory of Denis Diderot (1713-1784), French author of dramas, novels and philosophical essays. Together with d'Alembert {see planet (5956)}, he will be remembered for his Encyclopedia, a huge task that took almost 20 years of his life and resulted in more than one thousand articles on philosophy, literature, religion, politics, economics and applied sciences. (M 23540)

Citation by K. Leterme at the request of the discoverer.

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