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 505,966 page views. His biography is available in 51 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 45 in 2019). Percival Lowell is the 51st most popular astronomer (up from 66th in 2019), the 813th most popular biography from United States (up from 994th in 2019) and the 8th 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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Among astronomers, Percival Lowell ranks 51 out of 532Before him are Simon Marius, Michel Mayor, Johann Palisa, Pierre Méchain, Jérôme Lalande, and Ahmad ibn Muhammad ibn Kathir al-Farghani. After him are William Lassell, Ferdinand Verbiest, Max Wolf, Riccardo Giacconi, Fritz Zwicky, and Heinrich Louis d'Arrest.

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Among people born in 1855, Percival Lowell ranks 8Before him are Archduchess Sophie of Austria, Otto Liman von Sanders, John Browning, Ivan Vladimirovich Michurin, Émile Verhaeren, and Houston Stewart Chamberlain. After him are Ned Kelly, Eleanor Marx, Ernest Chausson, Paul Deschanel, Infanta Maria Theresa of Portugal, and Arthur Nikisch. Among people deceased in 1916, Percival Lowell ranks 27Before him are Charles Taze Russell, Charles de Foucauld, José Echegaray, Émile Verhaeren, Elisabeth of Wied, and Max Reger. After him are Ivan Franko, Rubén Darío, Eduard Strauss, Jean Webster, Gaston Maspero, and Colmar Freiherr von der Goltz.

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In United States

Among people born in United States, Percival Lowell ranks 813 out of 15,968Before him are Maya Angelou (1928), Raymond Carver (1938), Donald A. Glaser (1926), Dave Brubeck (1920), Renée Zellweger (1969), and John Kerry (1943). After him are Dennis Rodman (1961), Mel Ferrer (1917), Ronald Wayne (1934), Rosalyn Sussman Yalow (1921), Nellie Bly (1864), and Gary Sinise (1955).

Among ASTRONOMERS In United States

Among astronomers born in United States, Percival Lowell ranks 8Before him are Carl Sagan (1934), Neil deGrasse Tyson (1958), Robert Woodrow Wilson (1936), Clyde Tombaugh (1906), Charles Greeley Abbot (1872), and Asaph Hall (1829). After him are William Alfred Fowler (1911), Henrietta Swan Leavitt (1868), Lewis A. Swift (1820), J. Allen Hynek (1910), Joseph Hooton Taylor Jr. (1941), and Vera Rubin (1928).