Golay

1985 RT1. Discovered 1985 Sept. 12 by P. Wild at Zimmerwald.

Named in honor of Marcel Golay (1927- ), who from 1956 to 1992 was director of the Observatoire de Geneve. He developed a seven-color system of stellar photometry that allows precise and relatively rapid determination of temperature, gravity, rotation, and chemistry. Under his inspiring leadership the observatory staff made these measurements on myriads of stars and cultivated practically all the branches of astrophysics profiting from them. It is due mainly to Golay that Switzerland is adhering firmly to ESO and ESA, giving access to the most modern observing methods and instruments. Golay has been president of IAU commissions 25, 37 and 45. (M 22497)

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