6552 P-L. Discovered 1960 Sept. 24 by C. J. van Houten and I. van Houten-Groeneveld at Palomar.

Named in honor of Harm Habing (1937- ), professor of astronomy at the University of Leiden and president of IAU Commission 34 (Interstellar Matter). Habing was the Dutch co-chairman of the Joint Science Team of the Infrared Astronomical Satellite (IRAS) {see planet (3728)}. Since 1983 he has supervised many publications based on IRAS observations of galaxies. Habing is a stimulating supervisor for his students and young scientists. (M 22505)

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