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About Erasmus Darwin

Erasmus Darwin (12 December 1731 – 18 April 1802) was an English physician who turned down George III's invitation to be a physician to the King. One of the key thinkers of the Midlands Enlightenment, he was also a natural philosopher, physiologist, abolitionist, inventor and poet. His poems included much natural history, including a statement of evolution and the relatedness of all forms of life. He was a member of the Darwin–Wedgwood family, which includes his grandsons Charles Darwin and Francis Galton. Darwin was also a founding member of the Lunar Society of Birmingham, a discussion group of pioneering industrialists and natural philosophers. He was a Freemason and a member of Canongate Kilwinning Lodge No. 2, Edinburgh.

Erasmus Darwin House, his home in Lichfield, is now a museum dedicated to Erasmus Darwin and his life's work.

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Erasmus Darwin's Timeline

1731
December 12, 1731
Nottingham, Nottingham, UK
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1758
Age 26
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1759
Age 27
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1763
Age 31
1766
May 30, 1766
Age 34
Lichfield, Staffordshire, UK
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Age 35
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Age 42