A Short Commentary on Percival Lowell’s “Mars as the Abode of Life”

  • Neil English
Part of the Historical & Cultural Astronomy book series (HCA)


Percival Lawrence Lowell was born in Boston, Massachusetts, on March 13, 1855, the eldest son of Augustus and Katherine Bigelow Lowell. A ‘patrician’ American family, the Lowells were financially successful and politically well-connected. Their wealth could be traced to the efforts of an ancestor, Francis Cabot Lowell, Percival’s great-great uncle, who, after visiting the mechanized textile mills of Lancashire, in northern England, returned to the ‘colonies’ with his own ideas to establish a cotton mill at Waltham, MA. Such a venture was to dramatically change the fortunes of the family, propelling them to the top of the social pecking order (Fig. 25.1).


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  • Neil English
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  1. 1.Fintry by GlasgowUK

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