Named in honour of Christopher E. Spratt, an active amateur member of the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada for 20 years, with special interests in comets, minor planets, meteors and variable stars. He has written numerous articles on these subjects, including some on Canadian meteorites, in the Journal of the RASC, and he has been of much practical help to the astrometric program carried out at the University of Victoria. Spratt maintains a carefully-chosen representative collection of meteorites and was coordinator for the northwest North American section of the Amateur Observation Network of the International Halley Watch. He has contributed more than 32,000 observations of long-period and semiregular variable stars and dwarf novae to the American Association of Variable Star Observers and in 1976 was the most prolific observer of that year. The Chant Medal of the RASC was bestowed upon him in 1988. Spratt holds an honours diploma in horticulture and, as a professional member of the gardening staff at the University of Victoria, does much to make the university a pleasant place in which to work.
Reference: MPC 18465