Asteroid (7886) Redman

The IAU Minor Planet Center at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics in Cambridge, Mass. announced on 12 June 1998 that asteroid 1993 PE, discovered by David Balam of U Vic, would be named `Redman' for the late Professor Roderick O.Redman (1905-1975) of Cambridge Univ. and for Dr Russell O. Redman (b 1951) of the HIA, Radio Astronomy group now at the DAO.

`Redman', between 3 and 7 km long, poses no threat to Earth since it is in a nearly circular orbit some 2 AU from the Sun!


Professor Redman was a student of Eddington, and acquired his doctoral thesis material at DAO between 1928 and 1931. He was Professor of Astronomy and Director of the University of Cambridge Observatories from 1947 to 1972 and is very fondly remembered as their supervisor by at least three grey-haired CASCA members, John Hutchings, Colin Scarfe, and Gordon Walker.

Russell Redman started coming to the DAO as a volunteer in the summer of 1966 after finishing grade 9 with his first publication being the list of nearest stars in the 1970 Observer's Handbook. He has pioneered the study of minor planets at submillimeter wavelengths with the James Clerk Maxwell Telescope.

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