Named in memory of Takeo Hatanaka (1914–1963), professor of astrophysics at the University of Tokyo and on the staff of the Tokyo Astronomical Observatory. Hatanaka’s theoretical work covered a wide variety of astrophysical problems, involving planetary nebulae, the solar atmosphere and stellar evolution. He also pioneered research on radio astronomy in Japan and wrote enlightening books. As a member of the Japanese Science Council he was very closely involved in the early development of the national space program. (M 16043)
Name proposed by the discoverer, whose wife, Tomoko, worked for Hatanaka as a secretary before her marriage. Citation prepared by F. Moriyama. Hatanaka is also honored by a lunar crater.
Avastatud: 1-11-1978 Avastamiskoht: Caussols Avastajad: Tomita, K.
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