Asteroid (175203) Kingston

Harold Reynolds Kingston (born at Picton, Ontario, 1885; died at London, Ontario, 1963-02-10) was the founder of the London Centre of the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada. Kingston did his B.A. and M.A. at Queen's University, then taught high school in Indianapolis for five years while also working on his PhD from the University of Chicago. He was a member of the staff in the Department of Mathematics and Astronomy at the University of Manitoba from 1914 to 1921 and active in the RASC Winnipeg Centre. In 1921 he was appointed Head of the Department of Mathematics and Astronomy at Western University in London, Ontario, and served on the faculty there. He was also Director of the Summer School and Extension Department and Dean of Arts and Science.

Kingston served as President of RASC London Centre from its founding until 1930, when he became national president of the RASC. Then he was Honorary President of RASC London Centre from 1931 until his death.

Together with J.R. Durrant, Kingston authored the textbook "Analytic Geometry" which was extensively used in Grade XIII in Ontario High Schools. He also wrote an "Easy Pocket Star Guide for Beginners," was President of the Ontraio Educational Association 1945-46, and a member of the American Astronomical Society, the Mathematical Association of America and the American Mathematical Society.

This naming is in celebration of the 100th anniversary of the London Centre's founding in 1922.

Obituary: JRASC, Volume 57, number 3, page 107-108

Reference: WGSBN Bulletin Volume 2, #7, page 12

Author: 
peter@jedicke.ca
Name: 
Kingston
Number: 
175203
Designation: 
2005 FS4
Disc. Date: 
2005-03-31
Discoverer: 
T. Glinos, D.H. Levy
Disc. Place: 
Jarnac