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Charles Darwin

Charles Darwin is the man who came up with the theory of evolution. He was a remarkable man and accomplished many things.

Charles Darwin was born on February 12th, 1809, in the country town of Shrewsbury, England. He was the son of a successful physician, and was the grandson of Erasmus Darwin, a physician, poet, scientist, and some say, originator of the theory of evolution. However Charles's mother died when he was 8, before he had commenced school.

He was tutored by his sister, Caroline, from 1817 to 1818, but from 1818 to 1825 he attended a school in Shrewsbury. After 1825, he tried to follow in his father's footsteps by attending Edinburg University to study medicine but soon realized that that was not what he wanted to do so he transferred to Cambridge University in 1827 to study the ministry. There, Charles met a professor named John Henslow who realized the interest Charles had in natural history, and when Charles graduated in 1831, he got the opportunity to sail around the world on the H.M.S. Beagle as a naturalist. This voyage gave Charles the evidence that suggested that the earth and all species had gone through a slow, geological change.

Two years after returning , he served as secretary of the Geological Society from 1838 to 1841. And in that time period he married Emma Wedgdewood, who was not only the love of his life but also his cousin. Later in his lifetime, he had 2 daughters and 5 sons with her. In the 1840s Charles did a lot of writing about his theory of evolution, and it wasn't until 1858 that Charles's ideas were discovered to be very similar with Alfred Russel Wallace and the two of them co-authored a paper on "Natural Selection."

In 1859, Charles's book, The Origin of Species, was published, and even though it was amazing to some, others hated it because it went against the "Biblical portrayal of creation." Charles, without Alfred, was the first to attempt to find an explanation of the varying species and to come up with the theory of evolution.

Charles Darwin was much more than an ordinary man. He had many accomplishments in his lifetime and lived the life he wanted by following his love for nature. He recieved many honors and wrote 10 books. He is a man we look up to today, and will never forget. He died on April 19th, 1882.



Darwin's most famous book

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