Discovered by the Indiana Asteroid Program, Goethe Link Observatory, University of Indiana. This program was conceived and directed by F. K. Edmondson; the plates were blinked and measured astrometrically by B. Potter and, following her retirement, by D. Owings; and the photometry was performed under the direction of T. Gehrels. During the years 1947-1967, in which the plates were exposed, a large number of people participated in various aspects of the program.
Ira Sprague Bowen (December 21, 1898 – February 6, 1973) was an American astronomer. In 1927 he discovered that nebulium was not really a chemical element but instead doubly ionized oxygen. In 1946 he was made director of Mount Wilson Observatory upon the retirement of Walter Sydney Adams.
Dr. Bowen was made an honorary member of the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada on 1956-02-17.