The inventor of the theory of evolution was born on this day (1809)


 
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Monday, 12 February 2018


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On February 12, in the year 1809, a famous naturalist, geologist and biologist was born in Shrewsbury, England. Charles Robert Darwin is known for his findings on the process of natural selection and his theory of evolution.



Darwin was told to be a doctor
As the son of a successful doctor, Darwin’s parents expected him to follow his father’s footsteps. He started medical school in 1825 at the University of Edinburgh but soon realised that he hated the sight of blood and was never going to be a doctor. He dropped out of medical school and started studying theology at the University of Cambridge.

His journey around the world
After he graduated in 1831, he was asked to join a five-year survey trip around the world as a naturalist. On the 27th of December in 1831, the ship named “HMS Beagle” began its journey around the world. During these five years, Darwin collected several natural specimens as birds, plants and fossils. This voyage gave him the opportunity to closely observe the principles of botany, geology and zoology. Back in England, Darwin started to write a revolutionary theory based on his findings during the trip. In 1859, he published an explanation of his theory in his book “On the Origin of Species”.



360 trivial fact
Every year on the 12th of February scientists celebrate Darwin Day. During this global celebration of science, they commemorate Darwin and his revolutionary findings.

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