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Asteroid (5899) Jedicke

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Named in honour of the Jedicke family. Peter Jedicke (b. 1955-06-15 in Wiesbaden, Germany), Robert Jedicke (b. 1963-01-30 in Niagara Falls, Canada), and June Jedicke-Zehr (b. 1966-03-17 in Niagara Falls, Canada) grew up in Niagara Falls, where they attended James C. Morden Elementary School, Princess Margaret Senior Elementary School and Westlane Secondary School. Peter and Robert did their undergraduate degrees in Physics at the University of Western Ontario in 1976 and 1984 respectively. Peter completed a Master's degree in Philosophy at the University of Western Ontario in 1997 and Robert completed a Ph.D. in high-energy Physics at the University of Toronto in 1992. Peter served as President of the RASC London Centre in 1977-78 and 1986-87, won the RASC Service Award in 1984, chaired the host committees for the 1979 and 2001 General Assemblies, was appointed RASC London Centre Honorary President in 1996 and served as RASC national Vice-President 2000-2004 and President 2004-2006.
Robert played football for the University of Western Ontario Mustangs, winning the Yates Cup in 1981 and 1982. From 1993 to 2002, Robert was with the Spacewatch project at the University of Arizona, first as an observer and then as a researcher. He worked on statistical analysis of the distribution of asteroids. In March, 2003, Robert joined the PanSTARRs project at the Institute for Astronomy, University of Hawaii.
June Jedicke-Zehr is an entrepreneur in New Hamburg, Ontario, and lives on a farm near Hickson, Ontario, the birthplace of John Stanley Plaskett. The farm is host to the meteor radar project organized by Peter Brown.
Name proposed and citation prepared by David H. Levy.

Reference: MPC 25444

Name: 
Jedicke
Number: 
5899
Designation: 
1978 EW3, 1986 AH, 1986 AR1
Disc. Date: 
1986-01-09
Discoverer: 
Shoemaker, C.S. & E.M.
Disc. Place: 
Palomar