Percival Lowell 1855 - What Lowell could see was the...

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Percival Lowell 1855-1916 From a wealthy Boston Family An Orientalist, diplomat, and popularizer of oriental culture. Lived in Japan and Korea. At the age of 38 he became interested in Mars In 1896 he founded an observatory to study Mars Lowell was carrying on the work of Giovanni Schiaparelli Schiaparelli observed things he called “channels” Since Italian was not Lowell’s field, he mis-translated canali as canals
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Unformatted text preview: What Lowell could see was the changing of the seasons on Mars The polar caps would expand in the winter, shrink in the summer The summer hemisphere would get lighter, the winter darker He was convinced this showed vegetation Mars and its Canals (1906) Mars as the Abode of Life (1909)...
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