Feb
12
2009

200th Anniversary of Charles Darwin's birth

Charles Darwin: The great naturalist was born 200 hundred years ago.
Charles Darwin: The great naturalist was born 200 hundred years ago.Courtesy Public Domain
Today is the 200th anniversary of the birth of Charles Darwin, one of science’s most revered figures. Special events marking the occasion are planned throughout the world especially in England where he was born on this date (February 12th) in 1809. This year’s also the 150th anniversary of the publication of the famed naturalist’s most important work, On the Origin of Species by Means of Natural Selection, a book that revolutionized the science of biology, and one that - despite enormous amounts of evidence in its favor - remains controversial to this day. Born in the town of Shrewsbury, Charles Robert Darwin took after his grandfather Erasmus Darwin and from an early age showed a keen interest in the natural world, particularly geology, botany, and biology. While in college, a professor arranged for Charles to join the surveying expedition of the HMS Beagle to South America. It was during the five-year voyage that Darwin formulated his brilliant theory of evolution through natural selection. He returned to England in 1836 never to venture abroad again, and spent the next two decades writing out his ideas. On the Origin of Species was published on November 24, 1859, and sold out immediately. Five more editions were published during Darwin’s lifetime. He died April 19, 1882.

MORE ABOUT DARWIN
Darwin Online
Darwin Day site
Darwin Bicentennial at London’s Natural History Museum
About Darwin
Voyage of the Beagle (eBook)
Galapagos Islands in peril

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Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

Happy 200th to Abe and Chuck.

posted on Thu, 02/12/2009 - 2:10pm
Candace's picture
Candace says:

holy crap, its been that long since he was born???

posted on Tue, 02/24/2009 - 9:57pm

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