1970 GD. Discovered 1970 Apr. 1 by L. I. Chernykh at Nauchnyj.

Named in honor of Dr. M{atiss} A. Dirikis {19231993}, staff member of the Astronomical Observatory of the Latvian State University, chairman of the Latvian branch of the Astronomical-Geodetical Society of the U.S.S.R. His work on the motion of small bodies of the solar system contributes much to this field of theoretical astronomy. (M 3569)

Obituary published in Zvaigznota Debess, No. 143, p. 60-61 (1994).

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