Charles Darwin

Keegan Tysinger

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Charles Robert Darwin was born on February 12, 1809 in Shrewsbury, Shropshire. He died from a fatal heart attack on April 19, 1882 and was buried in Westminister Abbey with other renowned scientists. He was an English naturalist who developed the evolutionary theory known as Darwinism. He suggested one could learn more by comparing human instincts, emotions and behaviors to those of animals than one can from subjective speculation. Charles has become an indispensable tool for biologists to comprehend the natural world.

Contribution to Psychology

Darwin's evolutionary theory was the framework for looking at human behavior. He provided different tests that can be performed using data from different species to learn about how human behavior evolves. Evolutionary psychology is inspired by his work and applies his ideas of natural selection to the mind. Psychologists have recently applied his theory to explain how the human mind evolves to benefit the individual.

Modern-Day Influence

Darwin's theory helped bring life further within the realm of science, and today it forms the framework for biology. It set a new course that no scientific work could ignore. His theories impacted hugely on the understanding of human interactions, or "social Darwinism". One of the most well-known uses of evolutionary theory is used in law enforcement. Scientist realized that DNA varies from person to person and that some change slowly and some mutate rapidly. This concept helped infintely to the idea of fingerprinting to indentify individuals. Computer scientists use a process called evolutionary or genetic algorithms for tasks, such as managing air traffic or weather forecasting. These kinds of applications are everywhere, and most of it began with Darwin.


Darwin was sick to his stomach most of the time on the Beagle, the ship which Darwin was the naturalist on, which is one of the reasons he spent as much time as possible on land and not on the ship. That probably helped him collect more data than he might have.