Charles Robert Darwin was born in Shrewsbury, Shropshire, on 12 February 1809, the same day and year as Abraham Lincon. He was the fifth of six children of wealthy society doctor and financier Robert Darwin and Susannah Darwin (née Wedgwood). He was the grandson of two prominent abolitionists: Erasmus Darwin on his father’s side, and Josiah Wedgwood on his mother’s side. Both families were largely Unitarian, Charles and his siblings attended the Unitarian chapel with their mother until her death. The same Unitarian Chapel in fact that we held our wedding ceremony in this year. Darwin spent the summer of 1825 as an apprentice doctor, helping his father treat the poor of Shropshire, before going to the University of Edinburgh Medical School. However Darwin found lectures dull and surgery distressing, so he neglected his studies.
By the time of his death, Darwin had convinced most scientists that evolution as descent with modification was correct, and he was regarded as a great scientist who had revolutionised ideas. In June 1909, though few at that time agreed with his view that “natural selection has been the main but not the exclusive means of modification”, he was honoured by more than 400 officials and scientists from across the world who met in Cambridge to commemorate his centenary and the fiftieth anniversary of On the Origin of Species
Facts about Darwin;
- Darwin was born on the same day as Abraham Lincoln.
- Darwin Wanted to Be a Doctor, But He Couldn’t Stand the Sight of Blood
- Darwin Didn’t Invent the Phrase “Survival of the Fittest”
- Darwin Married His First Cousin
- Darwin is buried inside Westminster Abbey