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”.

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