Percival Lowell

Astronomer

1855 – 1916

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Who was Percival Lowell?

Percival Lawrence Lowell was an American businessman, author, mathematician, and astronomer who fueled speculation that there were canals on Mars. He founded the Lowell Observatory in Flagstaff, Arizona, and formed the beginning of the effort that led to the discovery of Pluto fourteen years after his death. The choice of the name Pluto and its symbol were partly influenced by his initials PL.

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Born
Mar 13, 1855
Boston
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Nationality
  • United States of America
Profession
Education
  • Harvard University
    ( - 1876)
  • Noble and Greenough School
    ( - 1872)
Lived in
  • Boston
  • Flagstaff
Died
Nov 12, 1916
Flagstaff

Submitted
on July 23, 2013

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