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Charles Darwin

Charles Robert Darwin

1809 - 1882 aged 73 - interred at Westminster Abbey

Married to Emma Wedgewood

Darwin established that all species of life have descended over time from common ancestors, and in a joint publication with Alfred Russel Wallace introduced his scientific theory that this branching pattern of evolution resulted from a process that he called natural selection.

Darwin's early interest in nature led him to neglect his medical education; instead, he helped to investigate marine invertebrates. Studies at the University of Cambridge encouraged his passion for natural science. His five-year voyage on HMS Beagle established him as an eminent geologist whose observations and theories supported Charles Lyell's uniformitarian ideas.

Major Works

'The Voyage of the Beagle'

'On the Origin of the Species'

'The Descent of Man'

Science in History: Origin of Species is published

Charles Darwin: Victorian Mythmaker by A N Wilson : A lucid, elegantly written and thought-provoking social and intellectual history' - Evening Standard

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