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(1693) Hertzsprung

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1935 LA. Discovered 1935 May 5 by H. van Gent at Johannesburg.

Named in honor of the late Prof. E. Hertzsprung {1873–1967}, who was Director of the Leiden Observatory from 1934 till 1945. A well-known authority in the field of astronomical photometry, he initiated the Leiden Variable Star Survey of the southern Milky Way, during which survey many asteroids and some comets were found. (M 2822)

Name proposed by the Leiden Observatory.

Hertzsprung is also honored by a lunar crater. Obituary published in Astron. Nachr., Vol. 291, p. 85–87 (1969).

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