Profile of the Day: Charles Darwin

Posted February 12, 2018 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Charles Darwin

Charles Darwin

On this day in 1809, Charles Darwin was born. Darwin’s theory of evolution by the process of natural selection transformed the world’s understanding of nature. In commemoration of his enormous contributions to science, his birthday is celebrated each year as Darwin Day.

Darwin was born at his family home, the Mount, in Shrewsbury, Shropshire. The large home was built by his father, Robert Darwin, a wealthy society doctor and financier. His paternal grandfather was Erasmus Darwin, a renowned botanist and abolitionist. His maternal grandfather, Josiah Wedgwood, was a potter and entrepreneur, who is credited with industrializing the manufacturing of pottery. Wedgwood was also a prominent slavery abolitionist.

In 1859, Darwin published On the Origin of Species, which detailed his groundbreaking theory of evolution through natural selection. By 1870, his theory of evolution was widely accepted by the scientific community and the public.

How are you related to Charles Darwin? Celebrate Darwin Day by sharing your connection to one of the most influential figures in history!

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