Meanings of minor planet names: 31001–32000

Meanings of minor planet names: 31001–32000

As minor planet discoveries are confirmed, they are given a permanent number by the IAU's Minor Planet Center, and the discoverers can then submit names for them, following the IAU's naming conventions. The list below concerns those minor planets in the specified span of numbers that have received names, and explains the meanings of those names. Besides the Minor Planet Circulars (in which the citations are published), a key source is Lutz D. Schmadel's Dictionary of Minor Planet Names. Meanings that do not quote a reference (the "†" links) are tentative.

Minor planets not yet given a name have not been included in this list.

Contents: 31,001… 31,101… 31,201… 31,301… 31,401… 31,501… 31,601… 31,701… 31,801… 31,901…

Name Provisional Designation Source of Name
31020 Skarupa 1996 FP1 Valerie Skarupa, American AMOS program manager
31043 Sturm 1996 LT Charles-François Sturm, 19th-century Swiss-French mathematician
31061 Tamao 1996 TK7 Tamao Nakamura, Japanese actress
31065 Beishizhang 1996 TZ13 Shi-Zhang Bei, Chinese biophysicist, member of the Chinese Academy of Sciences, on the occasion of his 100th birthday
31086 Gehringer 1997 AT17 Tom Gehringer, American teacher
31097 Nucciomula 1997 JM11 Alfonso Maria Giovanni Mula, Italian (Sicilian) art critic, poet and writer, founder of the Empedocles International Academy of Culture and Philosophical Investigation, recipient of the 1994 Premio Telemone for literature
31098 Frankhill 1997 LQ2 Frank Hill, American astronomer and heliosismologist
31109 Janpalouš 1997 PL4 Jan Palouš, Czech astronomer at the Astronomický Ústav (Astronomical Institute) of the Akademie věd České republiky (Czech Academy of Sciences), instrumental in negotiating the entry of the Czech Republic into the European Southern Observatory
31110 Clapas 1997 PN4 Clapàs, an occitan word meaning « pile of rock debris », now the nickname of the Montpellier area of France
31113 Stull 1997 QC John Stull, American telescope maker, builder of the observatory at Alfred University
31122 Brooktaylor 1997 SD Brook Taylor, 17th-18th-century British mathematician
31139 Garnavich 1997 SJ34 Peter M. Garnavich, American observational astrophysicist and associate professor at the University of Notre Dame, Indiana
31147 Miriquidi 1997 UA4 A synonym for the Erzgebirge, a 10th-century Old Saxon word meaning "an impenetrable great dark forest"
31189 Tricomi 1997 YZ7 Francesco Giacomo Tricomi, 20th-century Italian mathematician
31190 Toussaint 1997 YB12 Roberta Marie Toussaint, American experimental physicist
31192 Aigoual 1997 YH16 Mont Aigoual, highest (1567 m) mountain of the Cévennes of southern France
31203 Hersman 1998 AO9 Chris Becker Hersman, American spacecraft systems engineer for the New Horizons Pluto Kuiper Belt mission
31231 Uthmann 1998 CA Barbara Uthmann, 16th-century German businesswoman, said to have introduced the art of lace-making in the Erzgebirge Mountains of Saxony
31232 Slavonice 1998 CF Slavonice, Czech Republic
31238 Kroměříž 1998 DT1 Kroměříž, Moravia, Czech Republic, whose gardens and castle are a UNESCO World Heritage Site
31239 Michaeljames 1998 DV1 Michael James, American high-school teacher of English
31240 Katrianne 1998 DB2 Katrin Susanne Lehmann, German teacher of physics and astronomy, and wife of the discoverer
31267 Kuldiga 1998 ES14 Kuldīga, Latvia
31268 Welty 1998 FA Sandra Welty, American high-school teacher of English
31323 Lysá hora 1998 HC29 Lysá hora, highest (1323 m) mountain of the Beskids (Beskydy) mountain range, the Czech Republic
31324 Jiřímrázek 1998 HR31 Jiří Mrázek, 20th-century Czech geophysicist, TV and radio popularizer of astronautics, astronomy, computer science and related subjects
31338 Lipperhey 1998 HX147 Hans Lipperhey, 16th-17th-century Dutch lensmaker, inventor of Dutch perspective glass, and first to design and seek a patent for a practical telescope
31414 Rotarysusa 1999 AV22 Rotary Club, Val Susa, Italy
31442 Stark 1999 CY1 Lawrence W. Stark, American professor emeritus of physiological optics and engineering
31458 Delrosso 1999 CG16 Renzo Del Rosso, Italian amateur astronomer
31555 Wheeler 1999 EV2 John Archibald Wheeler, American theoretical physicist
31605 Braschi 1999 GM4 Nicoletta Braschi, Italian actress
31650 Frýdek-Místek 1999 HW Frýdek-Místek, twin cities on the Silesia-Moravia border, Czech Republic, the discoverer's childhood home town
31664 Randiiwessen 1999 JR2 Randii Wessen, American program engineer at JPL
31665 Veblen 1999 JZ2 Oswald Veblen, early 20th-century American mathematician
31671 Masatoshi 1999 JY7 Masatoshi Nakamura, Japanese actor and singer
31823 Viète 1999 TN3 François Viète, 16th-century French lawyer and mathematician, inventor of the modern algebraic notation
31824 Elatus 1999 UG5 Elatus, mythological centaur, killed during a battle with Hercules by a poisoned arrow that passed through his arm and continued to wound Chiron in the knee
31872 Terkán 2000 EL106 Lajos Terkán, early 20th-century member of the staff of the Konkoly Obszervatórium (Konkoly Observatory), who proposed and initiated the photographic observation of comets and minor planets there
31931 Sipiera 2000 GW82 Paul P. Sipiera, American planetary geologist and meteoricist
31956 Wald 2000 GA133 Abraham Wald, 20th-century American statistician
31982 Johnwallis 2000 HS20 John Wallis, 17th-century British mathematician, inventor of the symbol ∞ for infinity
Preceded by
Meanings of minor planet names
List of minor planets: 31,001–32,000
Succeeded by

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