Charles Darwin’s 212th Birthday, Celebrate it with HBW

Charles Darwin was a famous 19th Century British scientist, best known for his theory of evolution through natural selection.

Early Life

Charles Robert Darwin was born in Shrewsbury, Shropshire, on 12 February 1809, at his family’s home, (The Mount). He was the second youngest of six children. His father, Dr. Robert Waring Darwin, was as a medical doctor and his mother name is Susannah Darwin. He was only eight years old when his mother died.


Darwin going to the University of Edinburgh Medical School with his brother Erasmus in October 1825. But Darwin’s neglect of medical studies annoyed his father, who shrewdly sent him to Christ’s College, Cambridge in March 1827, to study for a Bachelor of Arts degree. Darwin’s father wished he became a doctor but Darwin was far more inclined to study natural history.

Darwin had to stay at Cambridge until June 1831. He studied Paley’s Natural Theology or Evidences of the Existence and Attributes of the Deity (first published in 1802), which made an argument for divine design in nature, explaining adaptation as God acting through laws of nature.

HMS Beagle

On 29 August to find a letter from Henslow proposing him as a suitable (if unfinished) naturalist for a self-funded supernumerary place on HMS Beagle with captain Robert FitzRoy.

The voyage began on 27 December 1831; it lasted almost five years. As FitzRoy had intended, Darwin spent most of that time on land investigating geology and making natural history collections, while HMS Beagle surveyed and charted coasts.

Wife & Children

Emma Darwin was an English woman who was the wife and first cousin of Charles Darwin. They were married on 29 January 1839 and were the parents of ten children

William Erasmus27 December 1839 –8 September 1914
Anne Elizabeth2 March 1841 –23 April 1851
Mary Eleanor23 September 1842 –16 October 1842
Henrietta Emma25 September 1843 –17 December 1927
George Howard9 July 1845 –7 December 1912
Elizabeth8 July 1847 –8 June 1926
Francis16 August 1848 –19 September 1925
Leonard15 January 1850 –26 March 1943
Horace13 May 1851 –29 September 1928
Charles6 December 1856 –28 June 1858


Charles Darwin did not invent anything but he discovered a lot as a scientist and naturalist; and, as an author, he impacted science and the way we think about our world. More Info


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“A man who dares to waste one hour of time has not discovered the value of life.”
—Charles Darwin

“[How great the] difference between savage and civilized man is—it is greater than between a wild and [a] domesticated animal.”
—Charles Darwin

“If all men were dead, then monkeys make men. Men make angels.”
—Charles Darwin

“I am a complete millionaire in odd and curious little facts.”
—Charles Darwin

“Multiply, vary, let the strongest live and the weakest die.”
—Charles Darwin

“For the shield may be as important for victory, as the sword or spear.”
—Charles Darwin

“I see no good reason why the views given in this volume should shock the religious feelings of anyone.”[In ‘Origin of the Species’]”
—Charles Darwin

“A grain in the balance may determine which individuals shall live and which shall die—which variety or species shall increase in number, and which shall decrease, or finally become extinct.”
—Charles Darwin

“If it could be demonstrated that any complex organ existed, which could not possibly have been formed by numerous, successive, slight modifications, my theory would absolutely break down. But I can find out no such case.”
—Charles Darwin


Charles Darwin died at his family home, Down House, in London, on April 19, 1882. He was buried at Westminster Abbey.


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