Charles Darwin

Theory Of Evolution

Charles Darwin

Charles Darwin was born February 12, 1809. Charles Darwin was famous for his theory of evolution. He figured out that living things evolve over millions of years and the only the strongest survive. But he didn't tell the world, not one person, the biggest biological finding for twenty years. Charles Darwin was a very strange man. Charles Darwin secluded himself from the world. He was afraid of almost everything. A few of his phobias were: Arachibutyrophobia fear of peanut butter sticking to the top of the mouth, Arithmophobia fear of numbers, Agoraphobia fear of living in a house, Nephophobia fear of clouds, and Deipnophobia fear of gravity. Charles Darwin had many illnesses. For fifty years, he suffered from nausea, headaches, dizziness, numbness, boils, eczema, palpitations, insomnia, depression, and gas. The doctors couldn't figure out what was wrong, until he started having seizures. He was diagnosed with Angina. Blood to his heart was blocked and the doctors could do nothing about it at that point in time. Angina is a sign of Coronary Artery Disease. It can be treated today, depending on the severity. He died of a heart attack on April 19, 1882 at age 73.

Interesting facts about Charles Darwin

Darwin was born on the same day as Abraham Lincoln.

Both Darwin and Lincoln were born on February 12, 1809, but in much different settings. While America’s 16th president was born in a rude log cabin in the Kentucky wilderness, Darwin was born in a grand Georgian house on an estate overlooking the River Severn and the medieval market town of Shrewsbury, England.

He dined on exotic animals.
Darwin not only studied an eclectic menagerie of animals from around the globe, he ate them as well. As a student at Cambridge, he formed the Gourmet Club, also known as the Glutton Club, for the purpose of dining on “birds and beasts, which were before unknown to human palate.” Darwin ate hawk and bittern but couldn’t choke down a brown owl that was served. While circumnavigating the globe on HMS Beagle, Darwin continued his adventurous eating by snacking on armadillo, ostrich and puma (“remarkably like veal in its taste,” he described).

Darwin appears on the 10-pound note.

Since 2000, a portrait of a bearded Darwin has appeared on the back of the British 10-pound note along with an image of HMS Beagle, a magnifying lens and flora and fauna seen on his travels. The Bank of England announced in 2013, however, that author Jane Austen will replace Darwin on the note, likely beginning in 2017.

Work cited

Bragg, Georgia, and Kevin O'Malley. How They Croaked: The Awful Ends of the Awfully Famous. New York: Walker, 2011. Print.


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