On July 3, another asteroid was named after a Chinese scientist. According to the China News Agency, the International Committee on asteroid nomenclature has announced that the international No. 347336 asteroid discovered by the Zijinshan Observatory of the Chinese Academy of Sciences has been officially named "Zhang miman" in recognition of academician Zhang miman as the founder of the research on the origin of Chinese tetrapods, Its sustainable work has made an important contribution to the revolutionary change of early vertebrate evolution.
It is understood that academician Zhang, 85 years old, has long been engaged in comparative morphology, paleoichthyology, late Mesozoic and Cenozoic stratigraphy, paleogeography and biological evolution. She has served as director of Institute of Paleovertebrate, Chinese Academy of Sciences, President of international paleontological Association, President of Chinese paleontological society, etc. she has also been selected as a foreign member of Linnaeus society in London, an honorary member of North American Paleovertebrate society, etc.
In 2018, academician Zhang miman won the "World Outstanding Female Scientist Award". She was also awarded the "science and Technology Achievement Award" of the Heliang Heli foundation in 2018 for her outstanding scientific research achievements. She was recommended by the Heliang Heli foundation as a candidate for the international asteroid naming in December 2020 and approved in May 2021.
It home has learned that according to international regulations, stars in the sky can only be represented by constellations and their numbers, and only small planets in the solar system can be named by the discoverer.
Most of the asteroids discovered in the early years were named after the gods in Greek mythology. Later, with the increasing number of asteroids discovered, the names of many countries, cities and celebrities became the names of asteroids. In order to unify the standards, the International Astronomical Union (IAU) has specially formed an asteroid nomenclature committee composed of internationally renowned scientists, which is responsible for accepting and reviewing the naming of new asteroids around the world.
Previously, there have been many asteroids named after Chinese scientists, such as "Yuan Longping star", "Chen Jingrun star", "Qian Xuesen star", "Qian Sanqiang star", "Sun Jiadong star" and "Tu youyou star".
Another asteroid named after Chinese scientists
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