1981 LJ. Discovered 1981 June 4 by E. Bowell at Anderson Mesa.

Named in honor of John B. Adams, geologist at the University of Washington, Seattle. Adams experimentally calibrated the relationship between pyroxene chemistry and the wavelength of the pyroxene band present in the absorption spectra of many minor planets, this band being the most important diagnostic feature for interpreting surface composition. He has continued to develop remote sensing techniques that have contributed to our understanding of the composition and evolution of the asteroids and planets, including the Earth. (M 13177)

Name suggested and citation provided by L. A. Mc-Fadden.

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