Percival Lowell

1855 - 1916

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Percival Lowell (; March 13, 1855 – November 12, 1916) was an American businessman, author, mathematician, and astronomer who fueled speculation that there were canals on Mars, and furthered theories of a ninth planet within the Solar System. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Percival Lowell has received more than 605,078 page views. His biography is available in 56 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 52 in 2019). Percival Lowell is the 82nd most popular astronomer (down from 62nd in 2019), the 1,077th most popular biography from United States (down from 1,014th in 2019) and the 13th most popular American Astronomer.

Percival Lowell was an American astronomer who is most famous for his belief that there was a planet in the outer solar system beyond Neptune.

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Over the past year Percival Lowell has had the most page views in the with 58,878 views, followed by Russian (8,018), and Japanese (6,799). In terms of yearly growth of page views the top 3 wikpedia editions are Manx (188.80%), Azerbaijani (127.73%), and Ido (121.88%)


Among astronomers, Percival Lowell ranks 82 out of 644Before him are Fritz Zwicky, Stephen Gray, David Fabricius, George Darwin, Russell Alan Hulse, and Abū Ishāq Ibrāhīm al-Zarqālī. After him are Lewis A. Swift, Ejnar Hertzsprung, Giovanni Battista Riccioli, Victor Ambartsumian, Ahmad ibn Muhammad ibn Kathir al-Farghani, and Edward Emerson Barnard.

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Among people born in 1855, Percival Lowell ranks 10Before him are Otto Liman von Sanders, John Browning, Houston Stewart Chamberlain, Eleanor Marx, Ivan Vladimirovich Michurin, and Ernest Chausson. After him are Paul Deschanel, Infanta Maria Theresa of Portugal, Ned Kelly, Robert Koldewey, Paul-Jacques Curie, and Živojin Mišić. Among people deceased in 1916, Percival Lowell ranks 34Before him are Eduard Strauss, Vilhelm Hammershøi, Colmar Freiherr von der Goltz, Gaston Maspero, Torakusu Yamaha, and Rubén Darío. After him are Gérard Encausse, Jean Webster, Herbert Kitchener, 1st Earl Kitchener, Victoriano Huerta, Hiram Maxim, and Hugo Münsterberg.

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In United States

Among people born in United States, Percival Lowell ranks 1,077 out of 20,380Before him are Joel Schumacher (1939), Dred Scott (1795), Hilary Putnam (1926), Michelle Phillips (1944), Steve Carell (1962), and Brian Dennehy (1938). After him are David Caruso (1956), Joseph Erlanger (1874), Timothy McVeigh (1968), John Heard (1946), John Vincent Atanasoff (1903), and Piper Laurie (1932).

Among ASTRONOMERS In United States

Among astronomers born in United States, Percival Lowell ranks 13Before him are Clyde Tombaugh (1906), William Alfred Fowler (1911), Henrietta Swan Leavitt (1868), Asaph Hall (1829), Eugene Merle Shoemaker (1928), and Russell Alan Hulse (1950). After him are Lewis A. Swift (1820), Edward Emerson Barnard (1857), Joseph Hooton Taylor Jr. (1941), Annie Jump Cannon (1863), James Van Allen (1914), and Henry Norris Russell (1877).