Percival Lowell Biography

Scientist, Astronomer, Academic (1855–1916)
Astronomer Percival Lowell is best known for his speculations of life on Mars and for influencing the naming of Pluto, chosen in part based on his initials.


Percival Lowell was an astronomer, author and mathematician who founded the Lowell Observatory in Flagstaff Arizona. He is best known for fueling speculation that there was life on Mars, a vision that has had enormous impact on the development of Science Fiction. The naming and symbol for Pluto, which was discovered at his observatory, is in part derived from Lowell's initials.

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