Asteroid (12397) Peterbrown

Named in honour of Peter Gordon Brown (b. 1970-10-09 in Bathurst, New Brunswick, Canada). Inspired by Canadian scientists Peter Millman and Ian Halliday, Brown took a keen interest in meteors as a teenager. After his undergraduate years at the University of Alberta, Brown studied with Jim Jones at the University of Western Ontario in London, Canada, where his Ph.D. thesis on the Leonid meteoroid stream won the Plaskett Medal, jointly awarded by the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada and the Canadian Astronomical Society. He was closely involved with analysis of the Peekskill meteor, recovery of the St. Robert meteorite fall, and analysis and recovery of the Tagish Lake meteorites. Selected by Maclean's magazine as an outstanding young Canadian to watch in the 21st century, Brown was appointed to the faculty in the Physics and Astronomy Department of the University of Western Ontario in 2000 and spent 2001 doing infrasound studies at Los Alamos National Laboratory in New Mexico. Brown and Margaret Campbell were married 2002-06-22.
Name proposed and citation prepared by Peter Jedicke and Robert Jedicke.

Orbit type: Main Belt Asteroid 

Reference: MPC 44594

1995 FV14
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Disc. Place: 
Kitt Peak