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Percival Lowell
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Percival Lowell during the early-20th century
Born (1855-03-13)March 13, 1855
Died November 12, 1916(1916-11-12) (aged 61)
Nationality American
Education Noble and Greenough School
Alma mater Harvard University
Known for Martian canals, Asteroids discovered: 793 Arizona (April 9, 1907)
Scientific career
Fields Astronomy

Percival Lawrence Lowell (/ˈləl/; March 13, 1855 – November 12, 1916) was an American businessman, author, mathematician, and astronomer. He founded the Lowell Observatory in Flagstaff, Arizona. He started the effort that led to the discovery of Pluto 14 years after his death.

His reputation was damaged by his belief in canals on Mars. This idea was counter-attacked by Alfred Russel Wallace.


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