Odette Bancilhon

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Odette Bancilhon (born 22 September 1908 – 1998) was a French astronomer.[1] She is known for her work during the 1930s and 1940s at the Algiers Observatory, where she discovered 1333 Cevenola, a stony Eunomian asteroid from the main-belt.[2][3] All of her publications are signed O. Bancilhon, a practice of her profession at that time.

She later married her colleague Alfred Schmitt in the 1940s, and was known professionally as O. Schmitt-Bancilhon.

The main-belt asteroid 1713 Bancilhon, discovered by colleague Louis Boyer in 1951, was named in her honor.[4]


  1. ^ Traut, B.; Heck, A.; Duerbeck, H. W. (2005-01-01). Heck, AndrÉ (ed.). Strasbourg Observatory Scientific Personnel (From Foundation to About Year 2000). The Multinational History of Strasbourg Astronomical Observatory. Astrophysics and Space Science Library. 330. Springer Netherlands. pp. 277–292. Bibcode:2005ASSL..330..293V. doi:10.1007/1-4020-3644-2_18. ISBN 9781402036439.
  2. ^ "1333 Cevenola (1934 DA)". Minor Planet Center. Retrieved 29 July 2016.
  3. ^ "LCDB Data for (1333) Cevenola". Asteroid Lightcurve Database (LCDB). Retrieved 29 July 2016.
  4. ^ Schmadel, Lutz D. (2007). "(1713) Bancilhon". Dictionary of Minor Planet Names – (1713) Bancilhon. Springer Berlin Heidelberg. p. 136. doi:10.1007/978-3-540-29925-7_1714. ISBN 978-3-540-00238-3.