14th March 1835 – Giovanni Schiaparelli born

14 March 2009

Giovanni Schiaparelli was born on this day in 1835. He is perhaps best known because, as noted in Wikipedia:

he observed a dense network of linear structures on the surface of Mars which he called “canali” in Italian, meaning “channels” but mistranslated as “canals”.


Interestingly (or not) Google celebrates his birthday with this logo: