Named in honor of Robert Burnham, senior editor of the magazine "Astronomy". Over many years he has been partly responsible for its evolution into the astronomical publication with the world’s largest readership. In 1983, Burnham’s "The Star Book" appeared with a series of clearly designed star charts to guide beginners on their way to an understanding of the night sky. Robert Burnham grew up in Toronto in the 1970s as a member of the RASC Toronto Centre, following in the footsteps of Terence Dickinson and Richard Berry. Citation provided by David Levy.
Reference: MPC 18139