1971 FC. Discovered 1971 Mar. 24 by C. J. van Houten and I. van Houten-Groeneveld at Palomar.

Named in honor of Brian G. Marsden {1937- }, Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory, in recognition of his numerous contributions in the field of orbit calculations for comets and minor planets, his improved versions of the Catalogue of Cometary Orbits, and his activities in the Central Bureau and in Commission 20 of the I.A.U. (M 3826)

Proposed by his colleagues, Elizabeth Roemer, Frank Edmondson, Tom Gehrels and Paul Herget.

Marsden was also honored by a series of minor planets - see the citation for planet (5699).

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