1980 VR1. Discovered 1980 Nov. 13 by Z. Knežević at Piszkéstetö.
Named in honor of Paolo Paolicchi, planetary scientist, associate professor of astrophysics at the University of Pisa. His research activity has included studies on the origin of stellar and planetary systems and the dynamical and collisional history of small solar-system bodies. His work on minor planets has focused on the evolution of rotational properties and on the modeling of catastrophic breakup events. (M 12209)
Name proposed by the discoverer following a suggestion by V. Zappalà and P. Farinella, the latter of whom prepared the citation.