Asteroid 5050, Doctorwatson, was discovered on September 14, 1983 by Edward Bowell at Flagstaff, Arizona. It has a period of 3 years, 258 days.

It was named for the fictional character Dr. John Watson, Sherlock Holmes' sidekick in Arthur Conan Doyle's detective stories.

Dr. Watson and Sherlock Holmes, by Sidney Paget. Watson is on the left.

Henk Middelraad gives the meaning of this asteroid as: "elementary".

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