Discovered 1980 March 16 by C.-I. Lagerkvist at La Silla.
Named in honor of Bengt E. Westerlund, director of the Uppsala Astronomical Observatory, on the occasion of his retirement. Well known for his study of the structure of the Milky Way and for his work on the Magellanic Clouds, he has for many years given strong moral support to the Uppsala program on minor planets and comets, and he has even participated in the observations of minor planets with the Schmidt telescope at the Uppsala Southern Station.
Asteroids discovered by Uppsala astronomersJohan Lagerros