1971 UJ. Discovered 1971 Oct. 26 by L. Kohoutek at Bergedorf.
English experimental scientist Robert Hooke (1635–1703) is known for his law of elasticity, the spring balance, an escapement for clocks and a Universal Joint commonly used at the end of a propeller shaft. (M 40700)
The name was suggested for this specific minor planet by D. Bowater in the BBC Word of Mouth competition.