Asteroid 31555, Wheeler, was discovered March 7, 1999 by Swiss astronomer Stefano Sposetti at Gnosca, Ticino, Switzerland. It has a period of 3 years, 155 days.

It was named for the eminent American theoretical physicist John Archibald Wheeler (1911-2008), who was instrumental in reviving interest in Einstein's theory of general relativity in the US after World War II, helped design the hydrogen bomb, popularized the term "black hole," and coined the terms "wormhole" and "neutron moderator," among many other contributions.

John Archibald Wheeler

The meaning of asteroid Wheeler seems to be: generalship, making deals; possibly, theoretical physics.

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