Tênd in memory of Ernst Karl Abbe (1840–1905), director of the Jena Observatory from 1877 to 1900. He was known for his fundamental contributions to optics. These include work ngày microscopes, the Abbe number and comparators—the last being very useful for the detection of minor planets. Abbe, a long-time collaborator và friend of Carl Zeiss, secured considerable financial support for the University of Jena from the Zeiss foundation. The minor planet was named ngày the occasion of the first meeting of the Astronomische Gesellschaft in the reunited Germany.