On 31 January 2018, in Minor Planet Circular 108696, the International Astronomical Union announced that asteroid 9271, discovered as 1978 VT8 on 7 November that year by E. F. Helin and S. J. Bus at Palomar Observatory, will henceforth be known as Trimble. The MPC citation reads, “Virginia Louise Trimble (b. 1943) is a highly perceptive commentator on the state of astronomy, regarded as a creative and insightful spokesperson for astronomy. Beyond her own special interests in stellar structure and evolution, she has improved the health of the profession through her application of historical citation studies.”
Congratulations to Prof. Trimble!