Named in honour of Norman MacKenzie, a leading scholar of the poetry of Gerard Manley Hopkins. Professor of English at the University of Rhodesia from 1954 to 1964, he has subsequently been at Queen's University in Canada. His works include co-editing the fourth edition of Hopkins' Poems (1967) and most recently the Oxford English Texts Poetical Works of Gerard Manley Hopkins (1990). MacKenzie has followed Hopkins' close observation of nature, especially astronomy, and has maintained an active interest in the sky throughout his life.
Name proposed and citation prepared by David H. Levy.
Reference: MPC 24919