1969 RY. Discovered 1969 Sept. 10 by L. I. Chernykh at Nauchnyj.
Named in memory of Igor’ Vasil’evich Kurchatov (1902–1960), great atomic physicist and organizer of science, founder and first director of the Institute of Atomic Energy of the U.S.S.R. Academy of Sciences. (M 7617)
Kurchatov is also honored by a lunar crater.