Percival Lowell

By Yasmin Smith

Percival Lowell pre 1900

Percival Lowell was born on March 13, 1855 and died on November 12, 1916. He was an American businessman, Aurthor, Mathematician and astronomer who fueled speculation that there were canals on Mars.

Dates of Discoveries

Percival Lowell discovered canals on Mars on 9th of April 1907


For a time in the late 19th century, it was believed that there were canals on 1909 the sixty-inch Mount Wilson Observatory telescope in Southern California allowed closer observation of the structures Lowell had interpreted as canals, and revealed irregular geological features, probably the result of natural erosion