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Asteroid (15887) Daveclark

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Designations: 1997 ER26, 1994 TE14, 1978 UD2.
David Leslie Clark (b.1956-04-28 in Lac Megantic, Quebec) graduated from the University of Waterloo. He moved to London, Ontario, and married Angela in 1978. They have three children, Eberley, Everett and Dylan. Since 2003, Dave has worked at Research In Motion in Waterloo.
Dave has been a dedicated member of the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada London Centre since early 1990. For many years he kept the London Centre solvent as Treasurer, worked digital magic as the London Centre's email list master, and carried the London Centre's voice forward on the national stage as National Representative, serving on the national Education Committee and the Finance Committee. In 2004, Dave received the RASC's Service Award and began a term as national Treasurer.
Dave also worked actively as Public Education Coordinator, regularly organizing and providing astronomy talks and star parties for public schools, guides, cubs and scouts, and other community groups. He is a regular at the summer Saturday evening star parties at the Hume Cronyn Observatory, typically bringing two telescopes, his laptop, solar system models, and current astronomy magazines with which to answer questions.
Dave combined his love of astronomy with his brilliant skill as a computer programmer to author a solar system dynamics software program optimistically called "ClearSky", which he uses to demonstrate the dynamics and scale of the solar system to students of the sky. Often there are larger groups of fascinated students crowded around Dave's laptop than there are at the eyepieces of nearby telescopes. This software has also been used by Peter Brown to demonstrate the Earth approach of meteor streams, comet trails and Near Earth Asteroids to U.S. Air Force Generals. The very latest version of ClearSky is available as freeware.
Dave was one of the London Centre members who consulted with the London Regional Children's Museum during the development of their highly successful "Your Place in Space" Exhibit.
Last, and certainly not least, Dave is the Registrar of the Royal Astronomical Society of Daves, and is known to his many friends as Dave II.

Reference: MPC 54175

1997 ER26 et al
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Kitt Peak