The International Astronomical Union has named an asteroid (discovered in September 2011) after Grosseteste. The explanation for the choice of name runs: ‘Robert Grosseteste (1175–1253) was an English statesman, natural philosopher and theologian. His commentaries on Aristotle underlaid what was to become the scientific method: generalizing from observations to universal laws, and then using those laws to predict outcomes.’

The technical details can be found at: http://www.minorplanetcenter.net/iau/ECS/MPCArchive/2012/MPC_20120703.pdf

(Thanks to R. A. Rosenfeld of the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada for this information.)

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