Guy Reiss

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Minor planets discovered: 5 [1]
1213 Algeria 5 December 1931 MPC
1237 Geneviève 2 December 1931 MPC
1299 Mertona 18 January 1934 MPC
1300 Marcelle 10 February 1934 MPC
1376 Michelle 29 October 1935 MPC

Guy Reiss (1904–1964) was a French astronomer and discoverer of five asteroids, who worked at the Algiers Observatory in Algiers, North Africa, during the 1930s and later at the Nice Observatory in southeastern France.[1][2]

Among his discoveries made between 1931 and 1935 at Algiers, he named the minor planets 1237 Geneviève, 1300 Marcelle and 1376 Michelle after his three daughters. His first discovery, 1213 Algeria, was named in honour of the North African country, location of the discovering observatory, and a French colony at the time. The asteroid 1299 Mertona was named after English astronomer Gerald Merton, who became president of the British Astronomical Association in the 1950s.[3][4]

In 1935, he received the Damoiseau-Prize together with André Patry from the French Academy of Sciences for the whole of their work.[5] The minor planet 1577 Reiss, discovered by his college astronomer Louis Boyer at Algiers Observatory in the 1940s, was named in his honour.[2]


  1. ^ a b "Minor Planet Discoverers (Alphabetically)". Minor Planet Center. 20 June 2016. Retrieved 2 July 2016.
  2. ^ a b Schmadel, Lutz D. (2003). Dictionary of Minor Planet Names – (1577) Reiss. Springer Berlin Heidelberg. p. 125. ISBN 978-3-540-29925-7. Retrieved 23 November 2015.
  3. ^ Schmadel, Lutz D. (2003). Dictionary of Minor Planet Names – (1299) Mertona. Springer Berlin Heidelberg. p. 107. ISBN 978-3-540-29925-7. Retrieved 23 November 2015.
  4. ^ British Astronomical Association List of Members, 1969 April 30, London: British Astronomical Association, 1969, p. 116
  5. ^ Melichov, G. S. (1936). "The Vortical Motion of the Clouds of Jupiter". Popular Astronomy. 44: 169. Bibcode:1936PA.....44..169M.

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