6045 P-L. Discovered 1960 Sept. 24 by C. J. van Houten and I. van Houten-Groeneveld at Palomar.

Named in memory of Erich Dolezal (1902-1990). He was a talented writer and popularizer of astronomy and space science. He wrote many books and later became Science Advisor of Radio Austria in Vienna, where he gave numerous lectures to schoolchildren and adults. In 1949, he was a co-founder of the Austrian Society for Space Research that was eventually merged into the International Astronautical Federation. (M 24765)

Name proposed by the discoverers following a suggestion by H. Haupt.

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