Named in honor of Hendrik Christoffel van de Hulst, husband of Wil van de Hulst (see 2412) and astrophysicist at the Leiden Observatory. A leader in the development of radioastronomy in the Netherlands, van de Hulst predicted the instellar hydrogen 21-cm line. He has made contributions to the theory of light scattering by small particles, about which topic he wrote two books. He was active in promoting international cooperation in space research. Henk van de Hulst was named an Honorary Member of the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada on 1968-05-17.
Reference: MPC 11640