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Asteroid (15939) Fessenden

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Reginald Aubrey Fessenden (b.1866-10-06 in Milton, Québec, and d.1932-07-22 in Hamilton, Bermuda) attended Bishop's College. Fessenden worked for Thomas Edison and was involved in the early development of radio. He was Professor of electrical engineering at Purdue University and University of Pittsburgh, and also worked for the U.S. Weather Bureau. He invented amplitude modulation as a means of transmitting sounds by radio. More information can be found here.
Name proposed by Kerry Ellis and citation prepared by Robert Jedicke and Peter Jedicke.

Orbit type: Main Belt

Reference: MPC 54175

Name: 
Fessenden
Number: 
15939
Designation: 
1997 YP8
Disc. Date: 
1997-12-28
Discoverer: 
Spacewatch
Disc. Place: 
Kitt Peak