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(2493) Elmer

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1978 XC. Discovered 1978 Dec. 1 at the Harvard College Observatory at Harvard.

Named in memory of Charles Wesley Elmer (1872–1954), whose meeting with Richard S. Perkin {see planet  (2482)} at the Harvard Tercentenary celebration in 1936 led to the establishment of the Perkin-Elmer Corporation two years later. Director of the astronomy department at the Brooklyn Academy of Arts and Sciences, he founded the Amateur Astronomers Association in New York City and the Custer Institute in Southold, Long Island. His summer abode in Southold long served as a lending repository of telescopes for amateur astronomers. (M 8404)

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