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Making Waves
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Features May 2004: Volume 1, Number 2

He's Got the Whole World in His Hands


What did you get for Xmas? Mark Thiemens, dean of Physical Sciences, got a planet. O.K., it’s a “minor-planet” but the asteroid 7004 was named Markthiemens to honor a career studying and analyzing meteorites. Brian Marsden, head of the minor planet center at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, says Thiemens’ asteroid was first spotted by Schelte J. Bus, II, an associate astronomer at the University of Hawaii at Manoa, who officially named it in honor of Thiemens. Markthiemens is one of 134,000 asteroids that have been discovered (and one of the 13,000 named). It orbits the inner part of the main asteroid belt and is thought to be about six miles in diameter.

The founder and director of UCSD’s Center for Environmental Research and Training, Thiemens has done research on a wide variety of problems—from ozone chemistry to global warming to questions about the prospect of life on Mars. “As someone who has loved space and space science since I was a kid and who has spent a research career
involved with space and rockets,” says Thiemens, “this is a wonderful acknowledgement.”

Contributors to Making Waves: Mario Aguilera, '89, Marnette Federis, '06, Beverly Gallagher, '98, Raymond Hardie and Inga Kiderra.



About Mark Thiemens

Division of Physical Sciences

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