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Darwin, Charles Robert

Born: 1809 AD
Died: 1882 AD, at 73 years of age.

Nationality: English
Categories: Naturalists


1809 - Darwin was born in Shrewsbury, Shropshire, England on the 12th of February.


1817 - Attended the school runned by the preachers of the Unitarian Chapel.


1818 - At the age of nine, he entered Anglican Shrewsbury School.


1825 - He was an apprentice to his father, a doctor. He attended University of Edinburgh to study medicine and learned taxidermy from John Edmonstone, a freed black slave who told him exciting tales of the South American rainforest.


1827 - His father enrolled him in a Bachelor of Arts course at Christ's College, University of Cambridge to qualify as a clergyman but he preferred riding and shooting to studying. He met Reverend John Stevens Henslow, professor of botany.


1831-1836 - Accompanied H. M. S. Beagle as naturalist on voyage throughout much of Southern Hemisphere.


1837 - Elected to the Council of the Geographical Society on the 7th of February.


1838 - He went to Scotland to have a break and did some research works.


1839 - Elected as Fellow of the Royal Society on the 24th of January.


       - Married Emma Wedgwood at Maer in an Anglican ceremony on the 29th of January.


1849 - Went to Malvern to improve his chronic ill health.


1853 - Earned the Royal Society's Royal Medal and it made his reputation as a biologist.


1854 - He continued his work on his theory of species.


1859 - Wrote his book entitled The Origin of Species.


1871 - He wrote his book entitled The Descent of Man.


1882 - He died on the 9th of April.





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