Melchior

1981 EL1. Discovered 1981 Mar. 6 by H. Debehogne and G. DeSanctis at La Silla.

Named in honor of Paul Melchior, well-known geophysicist, general secretary of the IUGG since 1971 and director of the Royal Observatory of Belgium. His demonstration of the relationship of astronomical phenomena (precession-nutation) and geophysical phenomena (earth tides) was the basis of the IAU nutation series adopted in 1979. His development of a world tidal gravitational network permitted the evaluation of the indirect effects of the oceanic tides and revealed a correlation between the amplitudes of the earth tides and tectonic features. (M 16442)

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