Ellyett

1991 GD. Discovered 1991 Apr. 9 by R. H. McNaught at Siding Spring.

Named in honor of Clifton Darfield Ellyett (1915- ), pioneer of radar meteor research in New Zealand. After taking his Ph.D. at Jodrell Bank in the late 1940s, Ellyett returned to his native country and began a research program in radar meteors at what is now the University of Canterbury. In the early 1960s he carried out with Colin Keay {see planet (5007)} the important southern-hemisphere radar patrol of meteors from near Christchurch. In 1965 Ellyett left to become professor of physics in the University of Newcastle (N.S.W.), starting there a new research group in atmospheric science. (M 29144)

Name proposed by the discoverer following a suggestion by D. I. Steel, who prepared the citation.

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