Astronomer Percival Lowell, born on this day in 1855, left a very concrete legacy in the form of the Lowell Observatory. His other legacies are less tangible, but have also had lasting effects.
At his observatory, established Flagstaff, Arizona, in 1894, Lowell made a number of discoveries, and also a number of blunders. The Lowell Observatory is still operating today, and was named one of TIME Magazine’s ‘100 Most Important Places’ in 2011. Today, it’s home to the Discovery Channel Telescope and a recognized research institute as well as a tourist destination. But here are a few facts about the man who founded it.