Charles Darwin

Biologist

Charles Darwin, photographed by Julia Margaret...
Charles Darwin, photographed by Julia Margaret Cameron (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Charles Darwin, the well know English naturalist was born in 1809 in Shropshire, United Kingdom. His most famous work include what most people know him for, his publication of the 1859 book “On the Origin of Species”. One of the most controversial books, even today, Charles Darwin introduces the idea of a branching pattern of evolution resulting from natural selection. This theory suggests that all species of life have come from a common ancestry.

You might ask yourself why someone might’ve taken this interest to begin with. Mr. Darwin began his interest in nature which distracted his studies at the University of Edinburgh. Instead of his medical education, his interest spiked as he began to study marine invertebrates. Later he furthered his interest in natural science at the University of Cambridge.

Charles Darwin bicentennial - 12th February 2009
Charles Darwin bicentennial – 12th February 2009 (Photo credit: CharlesFred)

Finding how unique nature is, he  found the geographical distribution of wildlife  and fossils fascinating. This curiosity berthed the idea of natural selection in 1838. 1839, after publishing his travel  journal “The Voyage of the Beagle”, Darwin started to become well-known as an author. Later, collaborating with Alfred Russel Wallace, “On the Tendency of Species to form Varieties; and on the Perpetuation of Varieties and Species by Natural Means of Selection” thus was introduce the idea of natural selection and evolution in 1858. This collection of papers motivated Charles to condense his work on Natural Selection naming his publication “On the Origins of Species” in 1859.

Charles Darwin
Charles Darwin (Photo credit: lofaesofa)

1871, Darwin began another adventure. This time acquiring knowledge in sexual selection, emotions in man and animals and also researched in the field of ecology. Charles Darwin died in 1882 due to heart failure. His last words were “I am not the least afraid of death – Remember what a good wife you have been to me – Tell all my children to remember how good they have been to me”.

Sources:

Darwin, C. (2009). The origin of species by means of natural selection: or, the preservation of favored races in the struggle for life. W. F. Bynum (Ed.). AL Burt.

Darwin, C. (2005). The Autobiography of Charles Darwin. Barnes & Noble Publishing.

Darwin, C. (2004). The descent of man. Digireads. com.

Darwin, C. (1998). The expression of the emotions in man and animals. Oxford University Press.

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