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Charles Darwin
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Charles Darwin

British naturalist and father of Evolutionary Theory
Charles Darwin

Charles Robert Darwin

Age

73

Born

Sunday 12 Feb 1809

Died

19 Apr 1882

Charles Darwin
Bio Details

Full name

Charles Robert Darwin

Gender

Male

Age

73

Date of birth

Sunday 12 Feb 1809

Birth place

The Mount, Shrewsbury, Shropshire, England, UK

Date of death:

19 Apr 1882

Place of death

Down House, Downe, Kent, England

Cause of death

Heart failure, possibly due to Chagas disease

Occupations

Naturalist

Geologist

Education

Edinburgh University, Edinburgh, Scotland, United Kingdom (1825)

Cambridge University : Christ's College, Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, England, United Kingdom (1827)

On board the Beagle

It is a common misconception that Darwin was the official naturalist on board the Beagle.  That position was in fact filled by Robert McCormick.  Darwin's position was that of 'gentleman companion' to Captain Robert Fitzroy, albeit a companion with some knowledge of geology and natural history.

Famous Family

Darwin was the grandson of Josiah Wedgwood, founder of the famous Wedgwood Pottery.  He also married his first cousin, Emma Wedgwood.

Darwin & The Beagle

The Beagle set sail on 27th December 1831 on a voyage around the world.  During the course of the trip, Darwin collected a variety of natural specimens, including birds, plants and fossils, and had particular interest in the Galapagos and Pacific Islands, as well South America.  On his return he wrote up his findings into a document that was eventually published under the heading 'Zoology of the Voyage of the Beagle'.

The evolution of evolution

Darin's seminal work 'On the Origin of Species by Means of Natural Selection', published in 1859, is considered the foundation of evolutionary theory.  However, the word 'evolved' or any variant of the word, only occurs once in the original book, in Darwin's closing statement.  He first used the word 'evolution' in his 1871 book 'The Descent of Man', and added it to the 1872 6th edition of 'On the Origin of Species.'

Charles Darwin Siblings

Marianne Parker

Sister

Caroline Wedgwood

Sister

Susan Darwin

Sister

Erasmus Darwin

Brother

Emily Langton

Sister

Partners of 
Charles Darwin

Emma Darwin

Married

10 children together

29 Jan 1839

Charles Darwin Children

William Erasmus Darwin

born 1839, died 1914, age 74
with Emma Darwin

Anne Elizabeth Darwin

born 1841, died 1851, age 10
with Emma Darwin

Mary Eleanor Darwin

born 1842, died 1842, age 23 days
with Emma Darwin

Henrietta Litchfield

born 1843, died 1927, age 84
with Emma Darwin

George Howard Darwin

born 1845, died 1912, age 67 (approx.)
with Emma Darwin

Elizabeth Darwin

born 1847, died 1926, age 78
with Emma Darwin

Sir Francis Darwin

born 1848, died 1925, age 77
with Emma Darwin

Leonard Darwin

born 1850, died 1943, age 93
with Emma Darwin

Horace Darwin

born 1851, died 1928, age 77
with Emma Darwin

Charles Waring Darwin

born 1856, died 1858, age 1
with Emma Darwin

Charles Darwin Partner(s) Other Children

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Charles Darwin Family

Charles Darwin's parents:

Charles Darwin's father was Dr. Robert Darwin Charles Darwin's mother was Sukey Darwin


Charles Darwin's children:

Charles Darwin's son was William Erasmus Darwin Charles Darwin's daughter was Anne Elizabeth Darwin Charles Darwin's daughter was Mary Eleanor Darwin Charles Darwin's daughter was Henrietta Litchfield Charles Darwin's son was George Howard Darwin Charles Darwin's daughter was Elizabeth Darwin Charles Darwin's son was Sir Francis Darwin Charles Darwin's son was Leonard Darwin Charles Darwin's son was Horace Darwin Charles Darwin's son was Charles Waring Darwin


Charles Darwin's current partners:

Charles Darwin's wife was Emma Darwin


Charles Darwin's siblings:

Charles Darwin's sister was Marianne Parker Charles Darwin's sister was Caroline Wedgwood Charles Darwin's sister was Susan Darwin Charles Darwin's brother was Erasmus Darwin Charles Darwin's sister was Emily Langton


Charles Darwin's grandparents:

Charles Darwin's grandfather was Josiah Wedgwood Charles Darwin's grandmother was Sally Wedgwood Charles Darwin's grandfather was Dr. Erasmus Darwin Charles Darwin's grandmother was Polly Darwin


Charles Darwin's great grandparents:

Charles Darwin's great grandfather was Robert Darwin Charles Darwin's great grandmother was Elizabeth Darwin   Charles Darwin's great great grandfather was William Darwin Charles Darwin's great great grandmother was Anne Darwin   Charles Darwin's 3x great grandfather was William Darwin Charles Darwin's 3x great grandmother was Anne Darwin   Charles Darwin's 4x great grandfather is Erasmus Earle Charles Darwin's 4x great grandmother is Frances Earle   Charles Darwin's 5x great grandfather is Thomas Earle Charles Darwin's 5x great grandmother is Anne Earle   Charles Darwin's 6x great grandfather is John Fountain


Charles Darwin's step-grandparents:

Charles Darwin's step-grandmother was Elizabeth Darwin


Charles Darwin's grandchildren:

Charles Darwin's grandson was Bernard Darwin Charles Darwin's grandson was Erasmus Darwin Charles Darwin's granddaughter was Ruth Rees-Thomas Charles Darwin's granddaughter was Emma Barlow


Charles Darwin's uncles and aunts:

Charles Darwin's uncle was Charles Darwin Charles Darwin's uncle was Erasmus Darwin Charles Darwin's aunt was Frances Galton Charles Darwin's uncle-by-marriage was Samuel Tertius Galton Charles Darwin's uncle was Francis Darwin Charles Darwin's uncle was John Darwin Charles Darwin's uncle was Jos Wedgwood Charles Darwin's aunt-by-marriage was Bessie Wedgwood Charles Darwin's uncle was Thomas Wedgwood Charles Darwin's aunt was Sarah Elizabeth Wedgwood


Charles Darwin's great uncles and aunts:

Charles Darwin's great uncle was Robert Waring Darwin Charles Darwin's great uncle was William Alvey Darwin Charles Darwin's great aunt was Ann Darwin Charles Darwin's great uncle was John Darwin


Charles Darwin's cousins:

Charles Darwin's cousin was Elizabeth Galton Charles Darwin's cousin was Elizabeth Wheler Charles Darwin's cousin was Lucy Galton Charles Darwin's cousin was Millicent Galton Charles Darwin's cousin was Emma Galton Charles Darwin's cousin was Darwin Galton Charles Darwin's cousin was Erasmus Galton Charles Darwin's cousin was Sir Francis Galton Charles Darwin's cousin was Sarah Elizabeth Wedgwood Charles Darwin's cousin was Josiah Wedgwood Charles Darwin's cousin was Hensleigh Wedgwood Charles Darwin's cousin was Emma Darwin


Charles Darwin's first cousins once removed:

Charles Darwin's first cousin once removed was William Erasmus Darwin Charles Darwin's first cousin once removed was Anne Elizabeth Darwin Charles Darwin's first cousin once removed was Mary Eleanor Darwin Charles Darwin's first cousin once removed was Henrietta Litchfield Charles Darwin's first cousin once removed was George Howard Darwin Charles Darwin's first cousin once removed was Elizabeth Darwin Charles Darwin's first cousin once removed was Sir Francis Darwin Charles Darwin's first cousin once removed was Leonard Darwin Charles Darwin's first cousin once removed was Horace Darwin Charles Darwin's first cousin once removed was Charles Waring Darwin Charles Darwin's first cousin once removed was William Brown Darwin Charles Darwin's first cousin once removed was Ann Fox


Charles Darwin's second cousins:

Charles Darwin's second cousin was Robert Darwin Charles Darwin's second cousin was Elizabeth Darwin Charles Darwin's second cousin was William Darwin Charles Darwin's second cousin was Jane Darwin Charles Darwin's second cousin was Charlotte Darwin Charles Darwin's second cousin was Sarah Noel Charles Darwin's second cousin was Eliza Fox Charles Darwin's second cousin was Mary Ann Fox Charles Darwin's second cousin was Emma Fox Charles Darwin's second cousin was William Fox Charles Darwin's second cousin was Frances Fox Charles Darwin's second cousin was Julia Fox


Charles Darwin's in laws:

Charles Darwin's grandfather in law was Josiah Wedgwood Charles Darwin's father in law was Jos Wedgwood Charles Darwin's mother in law was Bessie Wedgwood Charles Darwin's grandmother in law was Sally Wedgwood Charles Darwin's sister in law was Sarah Elizabeth Wedgwood Charles Darwin's brother in law was Josiah Wedgwood Charles Darwin's brother in law was Hensleigh Wedgwood Charles Darwin's wife Emma Darwin's aunt in law was Sukey Darwin Charles Darwin's wife Emma Darwin's uncle-by-marriage was Dr. Robert Darwin Charles Darwin's wife Emma Darwin's uncle in law was Thomas Wedgwood Charles Darwin's wife Emma Darwin's aunt in law was Sarah Elizabeth Wedgwood Charles Darwin's daughter in law was Sara Darwin Charles Darwin's son in law was Richard Litchfield Charles Darwin's daughter in law was Maud Darwin Charles Darwin's daughter in law was Florence Darwin Charles Darwin's daughter in law was Ellen Darwin Charles Darwin's daughter in law was Amy Darwin Charles Darwin's daughter in law was Mildred Darwin Charles Darwin's son in law was Elizabeth Darwin Charles Darwin's daughter in law was Emma Darwin