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Dictionary of Minor Planet Names

pp 258-258

(3122) Florence

1981 ET3. Discovered 1981 Mar. 2 by S. J. Bus at Siding Spring.

Named in memory of Florence Nightingale (1820–1910), English nurse and hospital reformer, who almost singlehandedly established trained nursing as an honorable profession for women. She transformed the English field hospitals during the Crimean War and was known there for her quiet dignity, her rigorous discipline and her determination. Florence Nigthingale is most remembered as The Lady of the Lamp for her courage, compassion and devotion to the injured troops as she visited the hospital wards after a full day’s work. (M 21955)

Citation prepared by C. S. Shoemaker at the request of the discoverer.

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