1971 UF1. Discovered 1971 Oct. 26 by L. Kohoutek at Bergedorf.
Named in honor of Philip Herbert Cowell (1870–1949), superintendent of the British Nautical Almanac Office from 1910–1930 and inventor of the well-known method used for numerical integration of the orbits of comets and minor planets. (M 3827)
Name suggested by B. G. Marsden.