Named in honour of Sidney van den Bergh (b. 1929), Dutch-born Canadian astronomer, former director of the Dominion Astrophysical Observatory in Victoria, B.C. He was president of IAU commission 50 from 1985 to 1988 and a vice president of the IAU during 1976-1982.
Discovered by C. J. van Houten and I. van Houten-Groeneveld at Palomar.
Reference: MPC 18307