Vladimir Shkodrov

Vladimir Shkodrov
Vladimir Shkodrov 2008.jpg
Vladimir Shkodrov in 2008.
Born(1930-02-10)10 February 1930,
Lom (Лом), Bulgaria
Died31 August 2010(2010-08-31) (aged 80),
Sofia (София), Bulgaria
Scientific career
FieldsAstronomy, Physics

Vladimir Georgiev Shkodrov (Владимир Георгиев Шкодров; 10 February 1930 – 31 August 2010) was a Bulgarian astronomer and professor at the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences. He is one of the founders of the Bulgarian National Observatory in Rozhen and authored numerous scientific and popular articles and books on planetary physics and astronomy.

Shkodrov discovered seven asteroids,[1] including the near-Earth object 4486 Mithra, which he and Eric Elst discovered on 22 September 1987.[2] Mithra is notable as the most highly bifurcated object in the Solar System.

Besides his rich scientific career, Vladimir Shkodrov was involved in education and in politics. He was the dean of the University of Shumen and a deputy in the 37th National Assembly of Republic of Bulgaria.

List of discovered minor planets[]

4486 Mithra 22 September 1987 list[A]
6636 Kintanar 11 September 1988 list
9732 Juchnovski 24 September 1984 list[B]
11852 Shoumen 10 September 1988 list[B]
11856 Nicolabonev 11 September 1988 list[B]
14342 Iglika 23 September 1984 list[B]
(14839) 1988 RH8 11 September 1988 list
Co-discovery made with:
A E. W. Elst
B V. G. Ivanova


Shkodrov, Vladimir (1975) Issledovanie pogreshnosti gravimetricheskih metodov opredelenia vneshnego potenciala planeti (Analysis of the errors of the gravimetric methods in defining the external planet potential). Defended in Leningrad/Moscow's State Institute for Astronomy.


The main-belt asteroid 4364 Shkodrov, discovered by Eleanor Helin and Schelte Bus on 7 November 1978, is named in his honor.[3] The official naming citation was published by the Minor Planet Center on 25 August 1991 (M.P.C. 18645).[4]

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Other publications[]


  1. ^ "Minor Planet Discoverers (by number)". Minor Planet Center. 6 December 2017. Retrieved 19 January 2018.
  2. ^ "JPL Small-Body Database Browser: 4486 Mithra (1987 SB)" (2017-12-15 last obs.). Jet Propulsion Laboratory. Retrieved 19 January 2018.
  3. ^ "4364 Shkodrov (1978 VV5)". Minor Planet Center. Retrieved 19 January 2018.
  4. ^ "MPC/MPO/MPS Archive". Minor Planet Center. Retrieved 19 January 2018.

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