Charles Darwin

By: Mackenzie Lancaster

Charles Darwin


Darwin was a British scientist who laid the foundations of the theory of evolution and transformed the way we think about the natural world.

Facts

-Charles Robert Darwin was born on 12 February 1809 in Shrewsbury, Shropshire. (England)

- Had wealthy and well-connected family.

- Darwin initially planned to follow a medical career.

- His 1859 book ‘On the Origin of Species’, detailed much of his research on natural selection, it contained a large amount of evidence to back up his ideas and became a landmark work in the field of evolutionary biology.

Little known facts.

- At age 12, Darwin confessed in a letter that he only washed his feet once a month at school, due to a lack of anything with which to wash.

- Darwin was sick to his stomach most of the time on the Beagle, which is one of the main reasons he spent as much time as possible on land and not on the ship.

- Darwin and his wife had 10 children, but three of them died at young ages — two as infants and one at age 10. Darwin was known to be quite devoted to his children.



Quotes

- "A man who dares to waste one hour of time has not discovered the value of life."

- "In the long history of humankind (and animal kind, too) those who learned to collaborate and improvise most effectively have prevailed."

- "To kill an error is as good a service as, and sometimes even better than, the establishing of a new truth or fact."

Books by Charles Darwin.

- The descent of man.

- Expressions of the emotions.

- The origin of species.

- Colonial and home library.

Death of Charles Darwin

He died April 19, 1882 due to Coronary thrombosis (Heart failure) at the down house.
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Music

Nothing is known about Darwin's musical disposition as a child. There is no indication that he ever played a musical instrument, nor had an appreciation of music in general. As a young man Darwin acquired a taste for classical music while studying at Cambridge University. He often visited King's College there, and would sit for hours listening to the church choir.