Gautier

1991 PM8. Discovered 1991 Aug. 5 by H. E. Holt at Palomar.

Named in honor of Daniel Gautier (1936- ), senior scientist in the Department of Space Research at the Paris Observatory. Gautier has played an important role in the development of European planetary space research. His work concerns the origin of the solar system through the study of planetary atmospheres. He has played a particular crucial role in promoting planetary science in France, and his enthusiasm has contributed much to the French planetary community's present-day level of excellence. (M 27459)

Citation provided by M. A. Barucci following a suggestion by E. Bowell.

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