1979 SO9. Discovered 1979 Sept. 22 by N. S. Chernykh at Nauchnyj.
Named in memory of Evgenij Oskarovich Paton (1870–1953), Soviet scientist known for bridge building and electric welding. The planet also honors academician Boris Evgen’evich Paton, prominent Soviet metallurgist and president of the Academy of Sciences of the Ukrainian S.S.R. (M 9214)