Named in honor of William R. Brooks (1844–1921), American astronomer. As the village photographer at Phelps, New York, he independently discovered comet 1881 V with a 5-inch reflector. Although credited to Denning, this find encouraged Brooks to build a 9 1/4-inch telescope with which he found comet Brooks-Swift 1883 I. During the next 28 years, Brooks discovered 20 more comets to which his name has been attached. Three of those were found during a particularly successful 4-week period in 1886. In 1900 he became professor of astronomy at Hobart College in Geneva, New York. (M 17655)
Citation provided by D. H. Levy at the request of the discoverer.
Avastatud: 6-5-1981 Avastamiskoht: Palomar Avastajad: Shoemaker, C. S.
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