Charles Darwin

Biologist

Birthday February 12, 1809

Birth Sign Aquarius

Birthplace Shrewsbury, England

DEATH DATE Apr 19, 1882 (73)

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About

Father of evolutionary science whose 1859 book The Origin of Species first introduced the concept of natural selection. His theories, which helped support evolution, made him a controversial figure.

Before Fame

He learned the art of taxidermy from a freed black slave before studying at Christ's College in Cambridge.

Trivia

While studying the adaptations of Galapagos Island finches during a five-year voyage on the HMS Beagle, he came to discover signs of evolution.

Family Life

He had ten children with his wife Emma Wedgwood, whom he married in 1859. She was also his cousin.

Associated With

He was close friends with scientist Charles Lyell.