Named in honour of one of Canada's oldest and most highly regarded universities, located in Montréal. McGill was founded in 1821 and enjoys a first-rate reputation. Once home to humourist Stephen Leacock and physicist Ernest Rutherford, the university has done pioneering research both on the earth in medicine and in space through its department of earth and planetary sciences. Name proposed and official citation prepared by David H. Levy.
Reference: MPC 42356