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Charles Darwin


: 12 February 1809


: Aquarius


: 19 April 1882


: 73 years


  • Charles Robert Darwin, FRS FRGS FLS FZS was an English naturalist and geologist, best known for his contributions to the science of evolution
When was Charles Darwin born?12 February 1809
When did Charles Darwin die? / Died19 April 1882
How many years did Charles Darwin live? / Lived73 years
Zodiac sign:Aquarius

Charles Darwin facts

  • He established that all species of life have descended over time from common ancestors, and in a joint publication with Alfred Russel Wallace introduced his scientific theory that this branching pattern of evolution resulted from a process that he called natural selection, in which the struggle for existence has a similar effect to the artificial selection involved in selective breeding
  • Darwin published his theory of evolution with compelling evidence in his 1859 book On the Origin of Species, overcoming scientific rejection of earlier concepts of transmutation of species
  • By the 1870s, the scientific community and much of the general public had accepted evolution as a fact
  • However, many favoured competing explanations and it was not until the emergence of the modern evolutionary synthesis from the 1930s to the 1950s that a broad consensus developed in which natural selection was the basic mechanism of evolution
  • In modified form, Darwin's scientific discovery is the unifying theory of the life sciences, explaining the diversity of life
  • Darwin's early interest in nature led him to neglect his medical education at the University of Edinburgh; instead, he helped to investigate marine invertebrates
  • Studies at the University of Cambridge (Christ's College) encouraged his passion for natural science
  • His five-year voyage on HMS Beagle established him as an eminent geologist whose observations and theories supported Charles Lyell's uniformitarian ideas, and publication of his journal of the voyage made him famous as a popular author
  • Puzzled by the geographical distribution of wildlife and fossils he collected on the voyage, Darwin began detailed investigations and in 1838 conceived his theory of natural selection
  • Although he discussed his ideas with several naturalists, he needed time for extensive research and his geological work had priority
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