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Minor planets discovered: 11 [1]
37392 Yukiniall[2] December 10, 2001
55543 Nemeghaire December 8, 2001
91604 Clausmadsen[2] October 14, 1999
94884 Takuya December 14, 2001
(125547) 2001 XJ3 8 December 2001
(125688) 2001 XT88 13 December 2001
(125719) 2001 XQ105 14 December 2001
(200766) 2001 XY4 8 December 2001
(213424) 2001 XS88 13 December 2001
(258372) 2001 XH3 8 December 2001
(413126) 2001 XU88 14 December 2001

Henri M. J. Boffin is a Belgian astronomer from the European Southern Observatory,[3] credited by the Minor Planet Center with the discovery of 11 numbered minor planets between 1999 and 2001, some in collaboration with Thierry Pauwels.[1]

Henri Boffin received his PhD in 1993 from the Université libre de Bruxelles for his work on the formation of barium stars and has since gone on to work on a variety of problems in the study of binary stars.[4] Most recently, he has dedicated his time to the study of binary stars in planetary nebulae, including discovering the binary central star of Fleming 1,[5] and the use of optical interferometry to study mass-transfer.[6]

He is also extremely active in science communication, having been coordinator of the International Year of Astronomy 2009 Gigagalaxy Zoom project,[7] as well as being interviewed about his work in a wide range of publications.[8]

Boffin named the main-belt asteroid 37392 Yukiniall after his two sons, Yuki and Niall.[9] Naming citation was published on 24 July 2002 (M.P.C. 46112).[10]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b "Minor Planet Discoverers (by number)". Minor Planet Center. 20 June 2016. Retrieved 6 August 2016.
  2. ^ a b In collaboration with Thierry Pauwels.
  3. ^ "Henri Boffin IAU". IAU Membership. International Astronomical Union. Retrieved 2014-02-26.
  4. ^ "Henri Boffin - Science". Retrieved 2012-02-26.
  5. ^ Boffin, H. M. J.; Miszalski, B.; Rauch, T.; Jones, D.; Corradi, R. L. M.; Napiwotzki, R.; Day-Jones, A. C.; Koppen, J. (2012). "An Interacting Binary System Powers Precessing Outflows of an Evolved Star". Science. 338 (6108): 773–775. arXiv:1211.2200. Bibcode:2012Sci...338..773B. doi:10.1126/science.1225386. PMID 23139326.
  6. ^ "Henri Boffin - Publications". Retrieved 2012-02-26.
  7. ^ "The Trilogy is Complete". Gigagalaxy Zoom Project. ESO. Retrieved 2012-02-26.
  8. ^ "Henri Boffin - Tabloid". Retrieved 2012-02-26.
  9. ^ Schmadel, Lutz D. (2007). "(37392) Yukiniall". Dictionary of Minor Planet Names – (37392) Yukiniall. Springer Berlin Heidelberg. p. 892. doi:10.1007/978-3-540-29925-7_10004. ISBN 978-3-540-00238-3.
  10. ^ "MPC/MPO/MPS Archive". Minor Planet Center. Retrieved 6 August 2016.