Irina

1988 JN. Discovered 1988 May 11 by C. S. Shoemaker and E. M. Shoemaker at Palomar.

Named in honor of Irina Victorovna Farquhar, wife of the NEAR mission director, Robert Farquhar {see planet (5256)}. NEAR's initial close pass by Eros will occur on 1999 January 10, their fifth wedding anniversary. Since earning a doctoral degree in economics from Leningrad State University in 1983, Irina has made several important contributions in the fields of labor, regional and health economics. (M 30477)

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