The girl who named Pluto

From the NY Times: Venetia Burney was just 11 years old when she heard of the news of the new "planet" protographed by astronomers at the Lowell Observatory. She suggested to her grandfather, Falconer Madan, retired head of the Bodleian Library, that it be named Pluto; Madan passed on the "excellent suggestion" to his friend Herbert Hall Turner, an Oxford astronomer, who telegraphed the idea to the astronomers at Flagstaff, and they liked it. Venetia Phair (her married name) died April 30th in banstead, Surrey, England.


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