Emilezola

1993 OW3. Discovered 1993 July 20 by E. W. Elst at La Silla.

Named in memory of the French writer Emile Zola (1840-1902), founder of the naturalist movement in literature. His writings show a credulous faith in science and an uncritical acceptance of scientific determinism. Although he believed that human nature was completely determined by heredity, he thought that it could be perfected. The controversial views expressed in his famous "J'accuse", published in the newspaper L'Aurore on 1898 Jan. 13, forced his flight to England. Nevertheless, he received a public funeral in France, and his remains are preserved in the Pantheon, although he never became a member of the Acadaemie. (M 31299)

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