1178 Irmela
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This minor planet is named after Irmela Ruska, wife of Ernest Ruska, who was awarded part of a Nobel Prize in Physics for his invention of the electron microscope.

The symbol of this asteroid is Microscopium over a female cross, with a tiny circle to the upper left of the microscope, representing both Ernest Ruska's Nobel Prize, and an electron.

It's a bummer that not much is known about Irmela; she is not even alluded to on his Wikipedia page last I checked. This symbology has little choice but to remember her just as somebody's wife.

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