Fracastoro

1984 HZ1. Discovered 1984 Apr. 27 by W. Ferreri at La Silla.

Named in honor of Mario Girolamo Fracastoro, former director of the Catania and the Pino Torinese {see planet (2694)} observatories. His early research (in Florence) included solar physics, astronomical technology and the physics of photometric binaries. In 1963 he began a systematic study of the star RS CVn. More recently, he has been involved in astrometric work on binary systems, serving as president of IAU Commission 26 during 1982-1985 and as a member of the Hipparcos mission definition group. (M 13608)

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