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Darwin Day: A Celebration of Science

Updated: Jul 21, 2023

#36 Science in History

12th February

Today is Darwin Day, an annual celebration of the life and work of British naturalist and scientist Charles Darwin. Born on February 12, 1809, Darwin was the fifth of six children and is best known for his theory of evolution and natural selection.

Darwin Day is an opportunity to promote science education, critical thinking, and appreciation for the natural world. Previous events have included educational lectures, debates, and discussions on topics related to evolution, biology, and the natural sciences. Museum exhibits, science fairs, and other activities for families and children have also been organised. Some organizations also use Darwin Day as an opportunity to advocate for scientific literacy, evidence-based policy making, and the responsible use of scientific knowledge.

The origins of Darwin Day can be traced back to the 1980s and 1990s, when several scientists, educators, and science enthusiasts began organizing events and activities to mark the occasion of his birthday. Over time, Darwin Day has become an established tradition in many countries around the world and some organizations, including the American Humanist Association, the Darwin-Wallace Medal, and the International Darwin Day Foundation have played a central role in its promotion.

So, take some time-out today to learn more about Charles Darwin, his Theory of Evolution and his contributions to science.


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