Brett J. Gladman


Minor planets discovered: 18 [1]
see § List of discovered minor planets

Brett James Gladman (born April 19, 1966)[2][3] is a Canadian astronomer and a full professor at the University of British Columbia's Department of Physics and Astronomy in Vancouver, British Columbia. He holds the Canada Research Chair in planetary astronomy.[4] He does both theoretical work (large-scale numerical simulations of planetary dynamics) and observational optical astronomy (being a discoverer of many planetary moons and minor planets).


Gladman is best known for his work in dynamical astronomy in the Solar System. He has studied the transport of meteorites between planets, the delivery of meteoroids from the main asteroid belt, and the possibility of the transport of life via this mechanism, known as panspermia. He also studies planet formation, especially the puzzle of how the giant planets came to be.

He is discoverer or co-discoverer of many astronomical bodies in the Solar System, asteroids, Kuiper Belt comets, and many moons of the giant planets:

Gladman is a member of the Canada–France Ecliptic Plane Survey (CFEPS), and the Outer Solar System Origins Survey (OSSOS) which has detected and tracked the world's largest sample of well-understood Kuiper belt comets, including unusual objects like 2004 XR190 ("Buffy") and 2008 KV42 ("Drac"), the first trans-Neptunian object on a retrograde orbit around the Sun.

Honors and awardsEdit

Gladman was awarded the H. C. Urey Prize by the Division of Planetary Sciences of the American Astronomical Society in 2002. The main-belt asteroid 7638 Gladman is named in his honor.[4] During 2008–2011 he served as member and chair of the Science Advisory Council of the Canada-France-Hawaii Telescope on Mauna Kea in Hawaii. He was awarded a Killam Research Fellowship in 2015.

List of discovered minor planetsEdit

Partial listing only below; discoveries number in the many hundreds of asteroids and Kuiper Belt objects.

(44594) 1999 OX3 21 July 1999 list[A][B][C]
(49673) 1999 RA215 13 September 1999 list[D][E]
(60620) 2000 FD8 27 March 2000 list[A][C][B]
(60621) 2000 FE8 27 March 2000 list[A][C][B]
(62608) 2000 SD332 23 September 2000 list
(82053) 2000 SZ370 23 September 2000 list[A]
(118698) 2000 OY51 28 July 2000 list
(182222) 2000 YU1 16 December 2000 list[B][F]
(182223) 2000 YC2 17 December 2000 list[B][F]
(182926) 2002 FU6 20 March 2002 list[A][G]
(200198) 1999 RE216 2 September 1999 list
(385191) 1997 RT5 7 September 1997 list[H][J]
(385533) 2004 QD29 19 August 2004 list
(418993) 2009 MS9 25 June 2009 list[C][A]
(422472) 2014 SZ319 23 March 2001 list
(444025) 2004 HJ79 26 April 2004 list
(468422) 2000 FA8 27 March 2000 list[A][C][B]
(469610) 2004 HF79 24 April 2004 list
(506439) 2000 YB2 16 December 2000 list[B][F]
Co-discovery made with:
A J. J. Kavelaars
B M. J. Holman
C J.-M. Petit
D D. Davis
E C. Neese
F T. Grav
G A. Doressoundiram
H P. Nicholson
J J. A. Burns

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "Minor Planet Discoverers (by number)". Minor Planet Center. 4 September 2016. Retrieved 5 November 2016.
  2. ^ Biography at
  3. ^ Asteroids with Canadian Connections – (7638) Gladman
  4. ^ a b Schmadel, Lutz D. (2007). "(7638) Gladman". Dictionary of Minor Planet Names. Springer Berlin Heidelberg. p. 607. doi:10.1007/978-3-540-29925-7_6592. ISBN 978-3-540-00238-3.

External linksEdit

  • Brett Gladman at the Astronomy group of the Dept. of Physics and Astronomy, UBC and Institute of Planetary Science