Fun Facts Friday: Charles Darwin

February 12, 2016

Charles Darwin (12 February, 1809 – 19 April, 1882) was a famous English naturalist and writer. He wrote his most famous book, On the Origin of Species by means of Natural Selection, or the Preservation of Favoured Races in the Struggle for Life in 1859.

  1. Charles Darwin and Abraham Lincoln, the 16th President of the United States, were born on the same day.
  2. Darwin’s ideas were so radical, that he felt it was necessary to delay the publish of his landmark book by two decades.
  3. Darwin was a very logical persona and even wrote a pro/con list on the whether he should marry or not.
  4. His father was a famous doctor who groomed Charles to follow his footsteps. Charles Darwin, however, hated blood and the lectures so he dropped out of medical school.
  5. Darwin’s next occupation was divinity, his lost his faith after witnessing the evils of the slave trade, and losing 3 children. Charles Darwin never considered himself an atheist but told people he was an agnostic.
  6. Darwin loved animals…. He started a club in college which dined on “birds and beasts, which were before unknown to human palate”. While traveling around the globe, he continued to eat exotic animals.
  7. The reason Darwin was on the HMS Beagle was because its captain, Robert FitzRoy, needed some companionship on the long trip (the previous captain committed suicide), so he asked his superiors for a scientist to come along as an unpaid naturalist.
  8. As a 25th birthday present, Captain FitzRoy named a mountain after Darwin. Mount Darwin (just to the north of the Beagle Channel) is still highest peak in Tierra del Fuego, Chile.
  9. Darwin’s1881 book about earthworms, The Formation of Vegetable Mould Through the Action of Worms, With Observations on Their Habits,sold even better than On the Origin of Species.
  10. Charles Darwin is buried in Westminster Abbey next to scientists John Herschel and Isaac Newton.

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