||Named in honor of Edward F. Tedesco, planetary scientist at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory [now at PSI], who has made wide-ranging contributions to minor-planet science, including studies of rotational brightness variation, pole and shape determination, and the compositional structure of the belt. He is currently engaged in analyzing observations of minor planets by the Infrared Astronomical Satellite.
||Named in honor of William K. Hartmann, senior scientist at the Planetary Science Institute in Tucson. Hartmann's contributions to solar system research have ranged from work on planetary cratering rates and the origin of the Moon to studies of comets and Trojan minor planets. He is the author of several textbooks on astronomy and planetary science, as well as popular books on space exploration. Hartmann is also a renowned space artist whose paintings depict scenes predicted by modern research. Citation written by R. P. Binzel at the request of the discoverer.
||Named in honor of Larry A. Lebofsky, planetary scientist at the Lunar and Planetary Laboratory of the University of Arizona, Tucson [now at PSI]. Lebofsky was the first to find chemically-bound water and the presence of ice in the regoliths of minor planets and has been a major contributor to the development of minor-planet thermal models. He has also played an important role in the extraction of minor-planet data from IRAS infrared observations. He has undertaken related laboratory spectral studies on icy condensates and the comparison of minor planets with cometary dust, planetary satellites, and Pluto. Citation prepared by J.S. Lewis.
||Named in honor of Faith Vilas, planetary scientist at the Johnson Manned Space Center in Houston [now Director of the MMT Observatory in Tucson, Arizona]. Vilas has used high-resolution visual and near-infrared spectral measurements to search for compositional trends among outer-belt minor planets and to investigate the mineralogy of Mercury. She designed and built the coronograph/spectrograph that was used to image the planetary disk around Beta Pictoris and is currently evauating the hazard presented by Earth-orbiting debris for future manned missions, including NASA's Space Station. Citation prepared by M. V. Sykes, with assistance from N. Lebofsky and E. Roemer.
||Named in honor of Donald R. Davis, senior scientist at the Planetary Science Institute in Tucson. Davis has made fundamental theoretical and experimental contributions to research on the collisional evolution of minor planets. With colleagues, he was the first to propose the 'gravitationally bound rubble pile' model for large minor planets. Another of his research interests is infrared searching for intramercurial bodies. Citation written by R. P. Binzel at the request of the discoverer.
||Named in honor of Stuart J. Weidenschilling, research scientist at the Planetary Science Institute in Tucson. Weidenschilling is a noted expert in the study of the origin of the solar system, and his research has also included collisional evolution of minor planets. He and colleagues are conducting a program of 'photometric geodesy' to model the shapes of large, rapidly rotating minor planets from extensive lightcurve observations. Citation written by R. P. Binzel at the request of the discoverer.
||Named in honor of Mark V. Sykes, planetary scientist at the Steward Observatory of the University of Arizona, Tucson. Sykes was the first to suggest that the dust bands discovered in data from the Infrared Astronomical Satellite (IRAS) see planet (3728)) were due to the catastrophic disruptions of small asteroids and comets. He has also discovered several additional dust bands, a second type of dust trail, and identified parent comets responsible for some of the IRAS dust trails. Citation provided by E. F. Tedesco at the request of the discoverer.
||Named in honor of Jack D. Drummond of the Steward Observatory, University of Arizona [now at PSI]. Drummond's analysis of orbital similarities led to the identification of a cometary parent for the Epsilon Geminids and to the identification of streams among near-earth asteroids. He has done extensive analysis of asteroid lightcurves to find pole directions and shapes for more than 25 objects, as well as studies of phase curves which suggest the existence of both rough and smooth surfaces among the asteroids. As one of the first to apply speckle interferometry to these bodies, he developed many theoretical contributions to the analysis of speckle data and produced the first speckle images showing features on the surface of an asteroid, namely, that of (4) Vesta. His enthusiasm for studies of asteroids, comets and meteors has made him a pleasurable colleague for collaborative efforts. Citation provided by Donald R. Davis at the request of the discoverer.
||Cyrena A. Goodrich (b. 1955) is a professor at Kingsborough Community College in New York. She is the leading expert on the formation of ureilites, studying these meteorites as probes of the complex melting and reduction they experienced during minor-planet differentiation.
||Jennifer Grier (b. 1968) is involved in numerous aspects of planetary science education and research. Her research has focused on planetary surface ages via crater counting and radiometric dating. In 2006 she became the Education Officer for the AAS Division of Planetary Sciences.
||Trained in stellar astronomy, Carol Lynn Neese (b. 1958) turned to solar system studies in 1992, joining the Planetary Science Institute in Tucson, making physical studies of minor planets and archiving data from groundbased and spacecraft communities into the Small Bodies Node of the NASA Planetary Data System.
||Tommy Grav (b. 1973) earned a Ph.D. in astronomy at the University of Oslo in 2004, in collaboration with the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, and started work as Junior Scientific Researcher with Pan-STARRS. He is an experienced observer of transneptunian objects and outer satellites of the giant planets.
||Beginning with his demonstration of the excited rotational state of 1P/Halley, Nalin H. Samarasinha (b. 1958), of the National Optical Astronomy Observatories, Tucson, [now PSI] has carried out many studies of the dynamical evolution of cometary nuclei and the related dynamical processes of dust in cometary comae.
||Elisabetta Pierazzo (1963-2011) was an expert in impact modeling, in particular of the Chicxulub impact, as well as in modeling the effects of impacts on Earth and Mars. She was an enthusiastic communicator of science to the general public and a dedicated teacher of planetary science for students and educators. NOTE: Betty Pierazzo passed away on May 15, 2011.
||Keith A. Holsapple (b. 1938) is a professor of engineering at the University of Washington [now also a Senior Scientist at PSI]. An expert in modeling the response of planetary and asteroidal material to stress and shock, Holsapple has developed scaling laws for cratering and has explored the relationship between asteroidal shape, spin rates and internal strength.
||Deborah L. Domingue (b. 1963) works at Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory. Domingue has worked on the NEAR space mission and is deputy project scientist for the MESSENGER mission. She is an expert in photometry and Hapke theory and in the analysis of small-body remote sensing data.
||Susan D. Benecchi (née Kern; b. 1977) is currently a postdoctoral researcher at the Space Telescope Science Institute, Baltimore. She specializes in binary transneptunian objects and has a strong interest in science education.
||Jianyang Li (b. 1976), University of Maryland, has studied the surface light-scattering properties of minor planets and comets. He has discovered a correlation of photometric properties with outgassing on comet 19P/Borrelly; and, on (1) Ceres, spatially varying strong ultraviolet absorption by an unidentified species.
||David P. O'Brien (b. 1976) is a planetary scientist at the Planetary Science Institute, Tucson. He studies collisional evolution of main-belt minor planets, cratering on (951) Gaspra and other objects, as well as primordial sculpting of the main belt during the planetary accretion process.
||Beatrice E. A. Mueller (b. 1959) of the Planetary Science Institute in Tucson, studies small bodies of the solar system. She specializes in photometry and rotational studies of small bodies and was one of the first to discover the ultra-red colors of the centaur (5145) Pholus.