1997 RX6. Discovered 1997 Sept. 9 by P. G. Comba at Prescott.

Named for Eric Temple Bell (1883-1960), Scottish-American mathematician and professor at the California Institute of Technology, where the discoverer attended his algebra class and was exposed to his acerbic wit. Bell wrote more than 250 scholarly papers, mainly in number theory, and several influential books of popularization, including Mathematics, Queen and Servant of Science. he also wrote several books of science fiction under the pseudonym John Taine. (M 34632)

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