Discovered 1916 Feb. 21 by M. F. Wolf at Heidelberg.

Named in honor of the late Prof. Jacobus Cornelius Kapteyn {1851-1922}, who was director of the Groningen Astronomical Laboratory from 1878 till 1921. He made pioneering researches in the field of galactic structure, initiated the plan of Selected Areas and made a major contribution to the Cape Photographic Durchmusterung. (M 2822)

See also the remark to (1694) Kaiser. Kapteyn is also honored by a lunar crater.

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