Darwin Charles

CHARLES DARWIN was born in Shrewsbury, England, on Feb-ruary 12, 1809, to a wealthy and distinguished family: his father, Charles Waring Darwin, was a noted physician; his paternal grand-father, Erasmus Darwin, was a physician, poet, and radical free-thinker; and his mother, Susannah Wedgwood, was the daughter of the potter Josiah Wedgwood.

Charles attended school in Shrewsbury, where he showed no special distinction, from 1818 to 1825. In 1827 he entered Christ's College, Cambridge, to study for holy orders, but soon abandoned all thought of this to pursue his interest in natural history. After completing his degree in 1831, Darwin embarked on a five-year global expedition aboard the H.M.S. Beagle. This voyage gave the young scientist an opportunity to observe nature at first hand and to gather material that would form the basis of his later work.

Following his return to England, Darwin married his cousin Emma Wedgwood. They settled at Downe, in Kent, where Read More chevron_right