(5103) Diviš = 1986 RP1  (Divi\v{s} in TeX)
Discovered 1986 September 4 by A. Mrkos at Kleť.
 Named in memory of the Czech scientist, Praemonstrat monk and priest Prokop Václav Diviš (1698-1765), who was known for his experiments with electricity. On 1754 June 15 he erected his "meteorological machine" on the ground of his vicarage near Znojmo in South Moravia. This was a kind of lightning rod consisting of some 400 iron peaks on plates on a high bar. Its aim was to exhaust the electricity from storm clouds and lead it groundward along chains, thus preventing lightning strikes. Diviš also used electricity in medical treatment. Named suggested by J. Tichá and M. Šolc on the tricentennial of his birth.
 (MPC 34621 | 1999 May 4)


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