scientist known to have changed the science world
Who was Charles Darwin?
Charles Darwin, who was born in 1809, changed our view of how nature developed with his theory of evolution. He showed that everything evolves, or changes, over many thousands of years to survive against its enemies and to make best use of its food resources. He also showed that humans developed from an early ancestor, which they shared with the ape family.
Darwin himself initially planned to follow a medical career, and studied at Edinburgh University but later switched to divinity at Cambridge. In 1831, he joined a five year scientific expedition on the survey ship HMS Beagle.
What did Darwin do?
He laid the ground work for the theory of evolution, and created Darwinism (Survival of the fittest.) (or Natural Selection)
In 1859, he published On the Origin of Species. He died on April 19, 1882, in London.
He was the second youngest of six children. Darwin came from a long line of scientists. His father, Dr. R.W. Darwin, was as a medical doctor, and his grandfather, Dr. Erasmus Darwin, was a renowned botanist. Darwin’s mother, Susanna, died when he was only 8 years old. Darwin was a child of wealth and privilege who loved to explore nature.
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