1981 EL19. Discovered 1981 Mar. 2 by S. J. Bus at Siding Spring.

Named in memory of Roger George Burns (19371994), professor of mineralogy and geochemistry at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Author of the book Mineralogical Applications of Crystal Field Theory, first published in 1970, Burns was a pioneer in the field of mineral spectroscopy and in establishing the fundamental basis for interpreting modern remote sensing observations of planetary surfaces. Burns also applied his expertise in geochemistry to understanding chemical weathering processes on Mars. (M 27126) Name suggested and citation prepared by R. P. Binzel.

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