Rear-Admiral Sir John Franklin KCH FRGS RN (16 April 1786 – 11 June 1847) was a British Royal Navy officer and Arctic explorer. Franklin also served as governor of Tasmania for several years. In his last expedition, he disappeared while attempting to chart and navigate a section of the Northwest Passage in the Canadian Arctic.
This citation is conjectural. It only seems likely that Wood dedicated this asteroid to the Arctic explorer Franklin, and more evidence is requested.