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Michael E. Brown

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Asteroids discovered: 4
50000 Quaoar June 4, 2002 with C. A. Trujillo
(84719) 2002 VR128 November 3, 2002 with C. A. Trujillo
90377 Sedna November 14, 2003 with C. A. Trujillo, D. Rabinowitz
90482 Orcus February 17, 2004 with C. A. Trujillo

Michael (Mike) E. Brown has been an associate professor of planetary astronomy at the California Institute of Technology (Caltech) since 2002. He was previously an assistant professor at Caltech from 1997–2002.

Brown earned his A.B. in physics from Princeton University in 1987. He did his graduate studies at the University of California, Berkeley where he earned an M.A. in astronomy in 1990 and Ph.D in astronomy in 1994.

All four of his co-discoveries are trans-Neptunian objects. Particularly notable are 90377 Sedna, thought to be the first inner Ípik-Oort cloud object, and 90482 Orcus, possibly the largest Kuiper Belt object after Pluto.

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