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(3314) Beals

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1981 FH. Discovered 1981 Mar. 30 by E. Bowell at Anderson Mesa.

Named in memory of Canadian astronomer Carlyle Smith Beals (1899–1979), fourth Dominion Astronomer and the only man who has been both President of the American Astronomical Society and the National President of the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada. Beals made important contributions to the observation and interpretation of emission lines in the spectra of hot stars, to the understanding of the nature of interstellar gas clouds, and to the development of instrumentation for astronomy. He also initiated a program to identify and study meteorite craters in Canada. (M 12210)

Name proposed by the discoverer following a suggestion by P. M. Millman.

Obituaries published in J.R. Astron. Soc. Canada, Vol. 73, p. 325–332 (1979); Q.J.R. Astron. Soc., Vol. 21, p. 212–213 (1980).

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