Asteroid 44597, Thoreau, was discovered on August 6, 1999 by Jana Ticha and Milos Tichy at Klet Observatory near Ceske Budejovice, Czech Republic. It has a period of 3 years, 141 days.
It was named for American philosopher, writer and naturalist Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862), best known for his memoir Walden.
Henry David Thoreau
The meaning of asteroid Thoreau seems to be: liberalism, self-reliance, civil disobedience, resistance.