|Alma mater||Massachusetts Institute of Technology|
|Known for||Planetary science|
|Awards||Newcomb Cleveland Prize in 1998|
|Institutions||Harvard–Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics|
Matthew J. Holman (born 1967) is a Smithsonian astrophysicist and lecturer at Harvard University. Holman studied at MIT, where he received his bachelor's degree in mathematics in 1989 and his PhD in planetary science in 1994. He was awarded the Newcomb Cleveland Prize in 1998.
From 25 January 2015 to 9 February 2021, he held the position of an interim director of IAU's Minor Planet Center (MPC), after former director Timothy B. Spahr had stepped down. Holman was followed by Matthew Payne as new director of the MPC.
He was a Salina Central High School (Kansas) classmate and fellow debate team member of Joe Miller, Alaskan Senate candidate. The main-belt asteroid 3666 Holman was named in his honour in 1999 (M.P.C. 34619).
|(44594) 1999 OX3||21 July 1999||list [A][B][C]|
|(45802) 2000 PV29||5 August 2000||list|
|(54520) 2000 PJ30||5 August 2000||list|
|(60620) 2000 FD8||27 March 2000||list [A][B][C]|
|(60621) 2000 FE8||27 March 2000||list [A][B][C]|
|(76803) 2000 PK30||5 August 2000||list|
|(182222) 2000 YU1||16 December 2000||list [B][D]|
|(182223) 2000 YC2||17 December 2000||list [B][D]|
|(468422) 2000 FA8||27 March 2000||list [A][B][C]|
|(469333) 2000 PE30||5 August 2000||list|
|(506439) 2000 YB2||16 December 2000||list [B][D]|
|Co-discovery made with:|
A J. J. Kavelaars · B B. Gladman · C J.-M. Petit · D T. Grav
For the period between 1999 and 2000, Holman is credited by the MPC with the discovery and co-discovery of several trans-Neptunian objects such as (44594) 1999 OX3 and (60621) 2000 FE8 (see table) and has been an active observer of centaurs.