1980 LA. Discovered 1980 June 14 by E. Bowell at Anderson Mesa.
Named in memory of Josiah Willard Gibbs (1839–1903), mathematician and physicist, who worked at Yale and Princeton Universities. Although his principal work concerned thermodynamics, theories of optics and vector analysis, he made significant contributions to minor-planet studies through his work on orbits. (M 8544)
Gibbs is also honored by a lunar crater.