(3015) Candy

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1980 VN. Discovered 1980 Nov. 9 by E. Bowell at Anderson Mesa.

Named in honor of Michael P. Candy {1928–1994}, acting director of Perth Observatory and an active astrometrist and orbit computer for more than thirty years. While on the staff of the Royal Greenwich Observatory he discovered comet 1961 II, and he now fulfills a major role in southern-hemisphere astronomy by obtaining positions, particularly of comets and minor planets, that would be difficult for northern observers. A former director of the comet section of the British Astronomical Association and editor of the B.A.A. Circulars, he served as president of IAU Commission 6 during 1982–1985. (M 10845)

Citation prepared by P. V. Birch and B. G. Marsden.

Obituaries published in Aust. J. Astron., Vol. 5, No. 5, p. 191–192 (1994); Q. J. R. Astron. Soc., Vol. 36, No. 3, p. 285–286 (1995); J. Br. Astron. Assoc., Vol. 105, No. 2, p. 56 (1995).

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