Asteroid 24601, Valjean, was discovered October 26, 1971 by Lubos Kohoutek at Hamburg Observatory in the Bergedorf borough of Hamburg, Germany. It has a period of 3 years, 113 days.

It was named for Jean Valjean, the central character in Victor Hugo's classic novel Les MisÚrables, who spent nineteen years in prison for stealing a loaf of bread (to give to his nephew who was starving), then broke parole and was pursued mercilessly by the hard-hearted police officer Javert. 24601 was Valjean's inmate number.

Henk Middleraad has the meaning of this asteroid as triumph of integrity over civil law, being unjustly pursued., and the asteroid glyph is his.

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