Thorenia

1964 CG. Discovered 1964 Feb. 15 at the Goethe Link Observatory at Brooklyn, Indiana.

Named in memory of Victor Eugene Thoren (19351991), one of the foremost contemporary historians of astronomy and a faculty member in Indiana University's department of history and philosophy of science for his entire academic career. Although Thoren's research contributions were wide-ranging, they nonetheless focused on Tycho Brahe {see planet (1677)} and his emphasis on accuracy in a manner never before thought possible. A copy of his monumental study, The Lord of Uraniborg: A Biography of Tycho Brahe, reached Thoren a few days before his tragic death, thus affording him an opportunity to enjoy, all too briefly, the fruits of his intellectual labors. (M 19334)

Name proposed by F. K. Edmondson and endorsed by IAU Commission 41. Citation prepared by E. Grant.

Obituaries published in Isis, Vol. 82, No. 314, p. 693-694 (1991); J. Hist. Astron., Vol. 22, Part 3, p. 253-254 (1991); Bull. Am. Astron. Soc., Vol. 24, No. 4, p. 1334 (1992).

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