(3315) Chant

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1984 CZ. Discovered 1984 Feb. 8 by E. Bowell at Anderson Mesa.

Named in memory of Clarence Augustus Chant (1865–1956), generally referred to as the “father of Canadian astronomy”. A renowned teacher, Chant organized the Astronomy Department of the University of Toronto and built up the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada. He participated in five solar eclipse expeditions, the most important being the one he led to Australia in 1922 to test Einstein’s {see planet  (2001)} prediction of the deflection of starlight by a massive body. (M 12210)

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

Chant is also honored by a lunar crater.

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