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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 539,825 page views. His biography is available in 52 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 51 in 2019). Percival Lowell is the 62nd most popular astronomer (down from 51st in 2019), the 1,014th most popular biography from United States (down from 812th in 2019) and the 11th 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 62 out of 531Before him are Pierre Méchain, Girolamo Fracastoro, Friedrich Georg Wilhelm von Struve, Martin Ryle, Jacques Cassini, and Vera Rubin. After him are Ejnar Hertzsprung, Sosigenes of Alexandria, Gerard Kuiper, Riccardo Giacconi, Heinrich Louis d'Arrest, and George Darwin.

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Among people born in 1855, Percival Lowell ranks 9Before him are John Browning, Houston Stewart Chamberlain, Otto Liman von Sanders, Émile Verhaeren, Ernest Chausson, and Eleanor Marx. After him are Ivan Vladimirovich Michurin, Paul Deschanel, Ned Kelly, Robert de Montesquiou, Infanta Maria Theresa of Portugal, and Arthur Nikisch. Among people deceased in 1916, Percival Lowell ranks 33Before him are Max Reger, Émile Verhaeren, Vilhelm Hammershøi, Gaston Maspero, Rubén Darío, and Colmar Freiherr von der Goltz. After him are Jean Webster, Gérard Encausse, Victoriano Huerta, Julius Fučík, Pierre Duhem, and Vasily Surikov.

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In United States

Among people born in United States, Percival Lowell ranks 1,014 out of 18,182Before him are Howard H. Aiken (1900), Steve Buscemi (1957), Rosalynn Carter (1927), Alfred Stieglitz (1864), John Mott (1865), and Keith Jarrett (1945). After him are Jean Webster (1876), Anne Hathaway (1982), Robert W. Holley (1922), Chester Bennington (1976), Ed Wood (1924), and Mark David Chapman (1955).

Among ASTRONOMERS In United States

Among astronomers born in United States, Percival Lowell ranks 11Before him are William Alfred Fowler (1911), Charles Greeley Abbot (1872), Henrietta Swan Leavitt (1868), Asaph Hall (1829), Clyde Tombaugh (1906), and Vera Rubin (1928). After him are Russell Alan Hulse (1950), Lewis A. Swift (1820), Edward Emerson Barnard (1857), Eugene Merle Shoemaker (1928), Joseph Hooton Taylor Jr. (1941), and J. Allen Hynek (1910).