Named in honour of Clarence Augustus Chant (b. 1865, d. 1956), generally referred to as the "father of Canadian astronomy". A renowned teacher, Chant organized the Astronomy Department of the University of Toronto  and built up the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada . Chant founded the RASC Observer's Handbook and edited it for half a century. He participated in five solar eclipse expeditions, the most important being the one he led to Australia in 1922 to test Einstein's prediction of the deflection of starlight by a massive body. Chant is also honoured by a lunar crater.
Orbit type: Main Belt Asteroid
Reference: MPC 12210