Venetia Burney

British academic who, as a child, named Pluto

Venetia Burney (1918-2009) is known for suggesting name the Pluto for newly discovered celestial body in 1930 by Clyde Tombaugh. At that time, Venetia Burney was an 11 year old schoolgirl living in Oxford, England. [1][2][3]

Venetia Burney
Venetia Katharine Douglas Burney

(1918-07-11)11 July 1918
Died30 April 2009(2009-04-30) (aged 90)
Known forNaming Pluto
Edward Maxwell Phair (m. 1947–2006)
ChildrenPatrick Phair
RelativesFalconer Madan, grandfather


  1. Hazen, Allison (2 June 2015). "Transcript: The Girl Who Named Pluto". NASA.
  2. "The girl who named a planet". 13 January 2006 – via
  3. Grimes, William (10 May 2009). "Venetia Phair Dies at 90; as a Girl, She Named Pluto" – via