1949 PK. Discovered 1949 Aug. 2 by K. Reinmuth at Heidelberg.
Named in honor of Sir Robert Wilson F.R.S., Perren Professor of Astronomy at University College London, and head of the Department of Physics and Astronomy. Wilson played a leading role in the development of the International Ultraviolet Explorer, one of the most successful astronomical satellites ever launched. He is one of the U.K.’s foremost astronomers and a past vice president of the IAU. (M 18448)
Name proposed by C. M. Bardwell, who made the identifications involving this minor planet, and G. V. Williams, following a suggestion by M. M. Dworetsky, who prepared the citation.