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(3281) Maupertuis

Reference work entry

1938 DZ. Discovered 1938 Feb. 24 by Y. Väisälä at Turku.

Named for Pierre-Louis Moreau de Maupertuis (1698–1759), French mathematician and geodesist, from 1731 a member of the French Academy. During 1736–1737 he conducted the degree measurement in the Tornio {see planet  (1471)} river valley in Finland. (M 18451) Maupertuis is also honored by a lunar crater.

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