Linzexu

1996 LO. Discovered 1996 June 7 at the Beijing Observatory at Xinglong.

Named in honor of Lin Zexu (1785-1850) for his pioneering campaign against drug abuse and drug-related crimes. Born in Minhou, Fujian Province, China, his illustrious work was crowned by the burning of 1200 tons of opium in June 1839 on the beach of Humen in southern China. As an official of Qing dynasty, he is also remembered for his achievements in water conservancy, from which his native province and other districts in China greatly benefited. (M 33788)

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