1981 AE. Discovered 1981 Jan. 1 by E. Bowell at Anderson Mesa.
Named in memory of the great English astronomer and physicist Arthur Stanley Eddington (1882–1944) on the occasion of the centennial of his birth. Eddington made fundamental contributions to studies of stellar structure and relativity, and he was also a lucid and undefatigable popularizer of astronomy. (M 7621)
Eddington served as president of the International Astronomical Union from 1938 to 1943. He is also honored by a lunar crater.