1981 JQ. Discovered 1981 May 3 by E. Bowell at Anderson Mesa.

Named in honor of Jeremy B. Tatum, professor of astronomy at the University of Victoria, British Columbia. An enthusiastic teacher and expert in molecular spectroscopy, especially of comets and interstellar gas clouds, Tatum was the chief founder and is the driving force behind the Climenhaga { see planet (3034)} Observatory's program of astrometry of minor planets and comets, the only one of its kind in Canada. (M 13178)

Name suggested and citation provided by C. Spratt.

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