Matthew J. Holman
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Matthew J. Holman
Matthew Holman
Alma materMassachusetts institute of technology
Known forPlanetary science
AwardsNewcomb Cleveland Prize in 1998
Scientific career
InstitutionsHarvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics

Matthew J. Holman (born 1967) is a Smithsonian astrophysicist and lecturer at Harvard University. Holman studied at MIT, where he received his bachelor's degree in mathematics in 1989 and his PhD in planetary science in 1994. He was awarded the Newcomb Cleveland Prize in 1998.[1]

From 25 January 2015 to 9 February 2021, he held the position of an interim director of IAU's Minor Planet Center (MPC), after former director Timothy B. Spahr had stepped down. Holman was followed by Matthew Payne as new director of the MPC.[2][3]

He was a Salina Central High School (Kansas) classmate and fellow debate team member of Joe Miller, Alaskan Senate candidate. The main-belt asteroid 3666 Holman was named in his honour in 1999 (M.P.C. 34619).[1][4]


Minor planets discovered: 11 [5]
21 July 1999 list[A][B][C]
5 August 2000 list
5 August 2000 list
27 March 2000 list[A][B][C]
27 March 2000 list[A][B][C]
5 August 2000 list
16 December 2000 list[B][D]
17 December 2000 list[B][D]
27 March 2000 list[A][B][C]
5 August 2000 list
16 December 2000 list[B][D]
Co-discovery made with:
A J. J. Kavelaars · B B. Gladman · C J.-M. Petit · D T. Grav

For the period between 1999 and 2000, Holman is credited by the MPC with the discovery and co-discovery of several trans-Neptunian objects such as and (see table) and has been an active observer of centaurs.[1][5]

He was also part of a team that discovered numerous irregular moons:[6]

See also


  1. ^ a b c Schmadel, Lutz D. (2007). "(3666) Holman". Dictionary of Minor Planet Names - (3666) Holman. Springer Berlin Heidelberg. p. 308. doi:10.1007/978-3-540-29925-7_3664. ISBN 978-3-540-00238-3.
  2. ^ "About the MPC - Staff". Minor Planet Center. Retrieved 2016.
  3. ^ "MPEC 2021-D60". Minor Planet Electronic Circular. Minor Planet Center. 19 February 2021. Retrieved 2021.
  4. ^ "MPC/MPO/MPS Archive". Minor Planet Center. Retrieved 2016.
  5. ^ a b "Minor Planet Discoverers (by number)". Minor Planet Center. 20 August 2016. Retrieved 2016.
  6. ^ "JPL Solar System Dynamics: Planetary Satellite Discovery Circumstances". Jet Propulsion Laboratory. Retrieved 2016.

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