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Percival Lowell

Astronomer Percival Lowell

Profession: Astronomer

United States of America

Biography: Best known for his speculations that there were canals on Mars. He founded the Lowell Observatory in Arizona which led to the discovery of Pluto and influenced the naming of the planet chosen in part based on his initials PL.

Born: March 13, 1855
Birthplace: Boston, Massachusetts, USA
Star Sign: Pisces

Died: November 12, 1916 (aged 61)
Cause of Death: Stroke

Historical Events

  • 1894-05-24 Lowell Observatory, Arizona, first begins observations of Mars with an eighteen-inch telescope, leads its builder Percival Lowell to conclude there are canals on Mars

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