Named in honour of Ian Shelton (b. Winnipeg, Manitoba), Canadian astronomer, best known for his discovery of the supernova in the Large Magellanic Cloud on 1987 Feb. 24. During his four years as resident observer at the University of Toronto  Southern Observatory, he participated in programs with astronomers worldwide, and more recently he has generously contributed to the astronomical education of school children, parents and teachers.
Name proposed and citation prepared by Dale McCormick.
Orbit type: Main Belt Asteroid
Reference: MPC 31296