1986 RH12 . Discovered 1986 Sept. 9 by L. G. Karachkina at Nauchnyj.

Named in memory of Marie Francois Arouet (Voltaire) (1694-1778), the great French writer, philosopher, historian, inspirer of French enlightenment during the eighteenth century, and the acknowledged leader of the age. (M 23139)

The name is given on the occasion of the three-hundredth anniversary of his birth, following a suggestion by the St. Petersburg House of Satire and Humor.

Voltaire is also honored by a crater on the Mars satellite Deimos.

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