From 1818 to 1825, Charles Darwin attended the renowned Anglican institution Shrewsbury School, and at age 16, he went to Edinburgh University to study medicine. In 1828, he transferred to Christ's College, Cambridge, to pursue Anglican divinity studies and become a parson.Continue Reading
In 1809, Darwin was born into a wealthy family driven by scientific endeavors. His father was a doctor, his paternal grandfather was a free-thinking botanist and his maternal grandfather was a famous industrialist. As a child, Darwin was unsatisfied with the Shrewsbury School curriculum, which focused heavily on religion and classical education and discouraged exploratory science.
Darwin's medical education at Edinburgh was cut short because he strongly detested studying human anatomy, handling blood and performing surgery. In 1831, he graduated from Christ's College with a bachelor's degree and left on the famed HMS Beagle expedition shortly thereafter.Learn more about Zoology
Charles Darwin is best known for developing the theory of evolution by natural selection. Darwin formulated his theories after returning from a voyage around the world on the HMS Beagle and he published them in 1859.Full Answer >
Charles Darwin attempted to answer the question of how evolution happened. Many theorists prior to Darwin hypothesized that evolution took place, but Darwin was the first to develop a theory of natural selection to explain the mechanism by which evolution occurred.Full Answer >
The achievement that Charles Darwin is most known for is his development of the theory of evolution, particularly in his book "On the Origin of Species." In the book, Darwin collects evidence and crafts arguments showing that living things change over time and have genetic relation to one another.Full Answer >
Charles Darwin completed his research supporting the theory of evolution while travelling on HMS Beagle between 1831 and 1836, sailing with it to places important to his studies, including the Cape Verde Islands, Quail Island, the Falkland Islands, the Galápagos Islands and Tahiti. Darwin published his most notable work, "On the Origin of Species," while living in London. He was a member of the Council of the Geological Society.Full Answer >