Asteroids Named After Professor Couple of USTC

August 23, 2018
Editor: Liu Yanmei

Two asteroids discovered by researchers at a space observatory in Beijing were named after a couple of professors from the University of Science and

Technology of China (USTC) recently to commemorate their great contribution to their profession.

The International Astronomical Union (IAU) Minor Planet Center officially announced to the international community that Asteroid No. 212796 has been permanently named Guo Yonghuai, and Asteroid No. 212797 has been permanently named Li Pei.

To commemorate the great contribution of Guo and Li to China's scientific research and education causes, USTC and the Purple Mountain Observatory of the

Chinese Academy of Sciences jointly submitted an asteroid naming application to the IAU in 2017.

They proposed to name two asteroids discovered by a near-earth object telescope on October 9, 2017, after the couple.

Guo is the founding director of the Department of Chemistry and Physics at USTC. He is one of the pioneers and founders of modern Chinese mechanics and has made outstanding contributions in the fields of mechanics, applied mathematics and aviation.

Meanwhile, Li is a famous professor in linguistics, who has made outstanding contributions to foreign language teaching and research and is honored as the "Mother of Chinese Applied Linguistics"

(Source: China Education Daily/Translated and edited by Women of China)

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