Quincy

1984 TB. Discovered 1984 Oct. 3 at the Oak Ridge Observatory at Harvard.

Named in memory of John Quincy Adams (17671848), sixth president of the United States and a lifelong patron of astronomy. Instrumental in founding the Harvard College Observatory, he also first proposed - albeit unsuccessfully at the time - the establishment of an observatory under the aegis of the Smithsonian Institution. The minor planet is named on the occasion of the joint Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics celebration of the sesquicentennial of the Harvard College Observatory and the centennial of the Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory {see planet (3773)}, 1990 Nov. 2-4. (M 17224)

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