Isaac Newton

1986 RL5. Discovered 1986 Sept. 5 by H. Debehogne at La Silla.

Named for Isaac Newton (1643-1727), hailed by some as the greatest universal genius of all time. Newton formulated the laws of motion, with the specific application to gravitation, and is known for his 1687 publication Principia Mathematica. He also made seminal contributions to optics and the construction of the reflecting telescope. Newton was the last to observe, from his rooms at Trinity College, Cambridge, the great comet of 1860 - the first comet to have its motion explained on gravitational principles. He also served as master of the Royal Mint in London. (M 31298)

Named by the Small Bodies Names Committee. (8001) Ramsden

1986 TR3 . Discovered 1986 Oct. 4 by A. Mrkos at Klet.

Jesse Ramsden (1735-1800) was the British designer and producer of highly accurate sextants, theodolites and other instruments. Piazzi {see planet (1000)} discovered (1) Ceres using the Ramsden vertical circle of the Palermo Observatory. (M 43189)

The name was suggested by J. Tichaa on seeing this instrument during the Asteroids 2001 conference.

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