1975 WK1. Discovered 1975 Nov. 26 at the Purple Mountain Observatory at Nanking.
Named in honor of the theoretical physicist, Chen Ning Yang (1922– ), Albert Einstein Professor of Physics at the State University of New York. The Yang-Mills theory, parity nonconservation in weak interactions and the Yang-Baxter equation are epoch making contributions to physics and mathematics. Yang has received the Nobel Prize (1957), the Benjamin Franklin Medal (1993) and the Bower Award (1994). (M 27125)
Yang received the Nobel prize together with Tsung-Dao Lee, see planet (3443).