1983 NR. Discovered 1983 July 11 by E. Bowell at Anderson Mesa.

Named in honor of Julio Angel Fernandez (1946- ) of the Universidad de la Republica, Montevideo. Fernández is a noted dynamicist who has worked on the evolution of comet orbits and planetesimal scattering in the outer solar system, including the formation of the Oort {see planet (1691)} Cloud. His work has led to some of the first clear indications for the existence of the transneptunian belt. Since 1985 he has contributed to the reestablishment of Uruguayan astronomy by educating a vigorous group of young planetary scientists and dynamicists. (M 27460) Citation procided by H. Rickman.

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