1941 Wild

This minor planet is named after Swiss astronomer Paul Wild (1925 – 2014). He discovered many comets, asteroids, and supernovae during his time at Zimmerwald Observatory. He is notable to me for giving the asteroids he discovered names that range from the mythical to the historical to the whimsical. His asteroids are generally quite fun to develop symbols for. So many of his asteroid names and descriptions make reference to other asteroids; it feels like he was considering the idea space of asteroids as a whole, much like I strive to do.

The following is a list of named minor planets he discovered:

1657 Roemera 2033 Basilea 2868 Upupa
1687 Glarona 2034 Bernoulli 2914 Glärnisch
1748 Mauderli 2037 Tripaxeptalis 2950 Rousseau
1768 Appenzella 2038 Bistro 2970 Pestalozzi
1773 Rumpelstilz 2040 Chalonge 2989 Imago
1775 Zimmerwald 2080 Jihlava 3021 Lucubratio
1803 Zwicky 2081 Sázava 3026 Sarastro
1830 Pogson 2087 Kochera 3060 Delcano
1831 Nicholson 2088 Sahlia 3258 Somnium
1838 Ursa 2129 Cosicosi 3329 Golay
1839 Ragazza 2138 Swissair 3468 Urgenta
1844 Susilva 2151 Hadwiger 3491 Fridolin
1845 Helewalda 2152 Hannibal 3552 Don Quixote
1860 Barbarossa 2175 Andrea 3582 Cyrano
1866 Sisyphus 2218 Wotho 3928 Randa
1891 Gondola 2229 Mezzarco 4323 Hortulus
1892 Lucienne 2239 Paracelsus 4471 Graculus
1893 Jakoba 2262 Mitidika 5369 Virgiugum
1906 Naef 2303 Retsina 5708 Melancholia
1911 Schubart 2320 Blarney 5710 Silentium
1935 Lucerna 2337 Boubin 5986 Xenophon
1936 Lugano 2353 Alva 6475 Refugium
1937 Locarno 2368 Beltrovata 6620 Peregrina
1938 Lausanna 2429 Schürer 7081 Ludibunda
1960 Guisan 2481 Bürgi 8061 Gaudium
1961 Dufour 2517 Orma 9711 Želetava
1962 Dunant 2521 Heidi 9716 Severina
2001 Einstein 2565 Grögler 13025 Zürich
2005 Hencke 2731 Cucula 14826 Nicollier
2029 Binomi 2843 Yeti 19251 Totziens

The symbol of this minor planet is a "PW" monogram, over a star-in-circle, denoting his status as an astronomer.

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