Kevin Schindler is a historian and writer who has called Flagstaff home since 1995. He has written more than 400 magazine and newspaper articles on a variety of subjects, particularly science, local history, and baseball. He is the author of three books, including, "Lowell Observatory".
American businessman, Orientalist, and author Percival Lowell believed intelligent life existed on Mars and in 1895 commissioned the Alvan Clark & Sons firm to build a 24-inch telescope so he could confirm that life. While Lowell failed to prove the existence of life on Mars, the telescope he acquired was one of the finest of its kind ever built and a key player for decades in the study of the cosmos. Of equal interest to this record of research is the cultural impact of this venerated instrument and its role in generating awareness of the wonders of the universe. With ties to the likes of Carl Sagan, Bill Nye, and Leonard Nimoy, the Clark Telescope transcends the ivory-covered walls of science, standing as a testament to knowledge, imagination, and dedication to craft.