Suzanne W. Tourtellotte

Suzanne W. Tourtellotte (January 11, 1945 – June 20, 2013) was an American astronomer and discoverer of minor planets, a researcher at Yale University in the United States.[1][2]

Suzanne Tourtellotte
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Born11 January 1945
DiedJune 20, 2013(2013-06-20) (aged 68)
NationalityAmerican
EducationMIT, Yale University
Princeton University
Known forco-discovery of 15 numbered minor planets, among them (316179) 2010 EN65
Scientific career
FieldsPlanetary astronomy

BiographyEdit

Tourtellotte graduated from MIT in 1966, and received an M.S. degree from Yale University in 1967. She continued to study for a Ph.D. in biochemistry from Princeton University in 1971.[3]

From 1998, Tourtellote was the data manager at the Yale University department of astronomy for the YALO and SMARTS consortium. She worked with Brad Schaefer on photometry of the moon Nereid.[4] In 2003 together with David L. Rabinowitz, Brad and Martha Schaefer she studied the solar phase curves and rotation states of Kuiper belt objects. In 2013; she worked on the La Silla Observatory Quest KBO survey [5]

Tourtellote was faculty member at Albertus Magnus College until 2008. She was a research scientist at the department of astronomy at Yale.[3].

She died at the age of 68 in Hamden, Connecticut.[1]

List of discovered minor planetsEdit

Tourtellotte is credited by the Minor Planet Center with the co-discovery of 15 numbered minor planets made at the Chilean La Silla Observatory in 2010, in collaboration with astronomers David L. Rabinowitz and Megan E. Schwamb.[6] Most notably are (316179) 2010 EN65 and (445473) 2010 VZ98, a Neptune trojan and a trans-Neptunian object, respectively.[7][8]

Minor planets discovered: 15 [6]
(312645) 2010 EP65 9 March 2010 list
(316179) 2010 EN65 7 March 2010 list
(382004) 2010 RM64 9 September 2010 list
(445473) 2010 VZ98 11 November 2010 list
(471136) 2010 EO65 9 March 2010 list
(471137) 2010 ET65 13 March 2010 list
(471149) 2010 FB49 17 March 2010 list
(471150) 2010 FC49 18 March 2010 list
(471151) 2010 FD49 19 March 2010 list
(471152) 2010 FE49 19 March 2010 list
(471155) 2010 GF65 14 April 2010 list
(471172) 2010 JC80 12 May 2010 list
(471196) 2010 PK66 14 August 2010 list
(471210) 2010 VW11 3 November 2010 list
(499522) 2010 PL66 14 August 2010 list

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b "Suzanne Tourtellotte Obituary - Hamden, Connecticut". Tributes.com. Retrieved 2015-04-06.
  2. ^ "United States Social Security Death Index". FamilySearch. Retrieved 24 July 2016.
  3. ^ a b "Memorial: Suzanne Tourtellotte *71". Princeton Alumni Weekly. Retrieved 22 March 2018.
  4. ^ Schaefer, Bradley E.; Tourtellotte, Suzanne W.; Rabinowitz, David L.; Schaefer, Martha W. (2008). "Nereid: Light curve for 1999–2006 and a scenario for its variations". Icarus. 196 (1): 225–240. arXiv:0804.2835. Bibcode:2008Icar..196..225S. doi:10.1016/j.icarus.2008.02.025.
  5. ^ Megan Schwamb. "The La Silla QUEST KBO Survey, Science Team". Retrieved 22 March 2018.
  6. ^ a b "Minor Planet Discoverers (by number)". Minor Planet Center. 20 August 2016. Retrieved 25 August 2016.
  7. ^ "JPL Small-Body Database Browser: 316179 (2010 EN65)" (2013-03-13 last obs.). Jet Propulsion Laboratory. Retrieved 25 July 2016.
  8. ^ "JPL Small-Body Database Browser: 445473 (2010 VZ98)" (2015-10-12 last obs.). Jet Propulsion Laboratory. Retrieved 25 July 2016.

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