Named in honor of Leif J. Robinson, editor of ’Sky and Telescope’. Robinson’s career as an observer began with a series of planetary drawings and observations of the rapidly changing variable stars in the Orion Nebula. He worked at the Griffith Planetarium in Los Angeles before joining the staff of the magazine in 1962 as an editorial assistant, and he succeeded the late Joseph Ashbrook as editor in 1980. Robinson has been an active promoter of professional-amateur cooperation in astronomy, and retains interests in solar-eclipse viewing and bird-watching. Citation provided by D. H. Levy, S. J. Edberg and J. K. Beatty at the request of the discoverer.
Leif Robinson was named an Honorary Member of the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada on 2000-03-18.
Reference: MPC 16246