Charles Darwin has been a natural scientist, whose significant work in the theory of evolution has remained a great effort in the history of today’s human mankind. Indeed, his theory of evolution has helped people a great deal to understand the evolution of man.
However, many of the times his research work led him to various circumstances and controversies, but yet his work was widely accepted within the scientific community. Besides this, he was once going to be enrolled as a medical student but his curiosity and interest compelled him to work on the theory of evolution.
Biography – Lifespan
Charles Darwin was born on 12th February in the year 1809 at Shrewsbury, Shropshire. His father was Robert Darwin and mother was Susannah Darwin. His father was a wealthy doctor, financier, and a free thinker.
Charles Darwin himself completed his early education from one of the well-recognized institutions of Shrewsbury in 1825. Later on, he went to the University of Edinburgh to study medicine, but couldn’t continue there due to lack of his interest. Finally, he got admission in Cambridge University. And, in his Cambridge days, he found the purpose of coming there. It was the place where he met some inspirational mentors and they polished him to a great extent. His curiosity in the field of natural science was developed immensely at Cambridge.
Charles Darwin’s joint work with Alfred Russel has been the most fascinating one. In his joint publication, the diversification of nature was proved scientifically. Moreover, his individual work in the field of evolution and geology had helped him to earn a great name.
Apart from it, Darwin’s spouse name was Emma Wedgwood. And Darwin himself lived for seventy years. At last, when he was 73 years old, on 19th April 1882. Also, he was honored and got buried in Westminster Abbey.
Contributions and Discoveries
Charles Darwin has an impactful role due to his remarkable contributions to the theory of evolution and natural science. It was Darwin who discovered that there are always some natural processes involved which enable the organisms to gradually develop over time. Due to this reason, the human tendency to grow and compete becomes possible.
Moreover, Charles Darwin, as an author, has also remained one of the finest figures of history. His writings have definitely put a huge impact on human minds and his way of thinking and understanding the world.
His most significant contributions and discoveries are:
- He investigated the natural distribution of wildlife and fossils very deeply.
- Due to his curiosity, he took a voyage and did deep research for his geological work.
- He was succeeded to launch a joint publication of his research work with his companion Alfred Russell.
- His work provided the scientific explanation to people for understanding the concept of diversification in nature.
- His brilliant research on plants has also been taken as one of the finest works. In fact, his research work on plants was published in several books. Moreover, he was the first who found the dangerous effect of earthworms on the soil.
- Darwin produced compelling evidence in his book which was published in 1859, ‘On the Origin of Species’. This was the book that got the attention of general, working, and educated people, to accept evolution as an absolute fact.
- ‘The Voyage of the Beagle’ has remained one of his prominent books. This book has been his thrilling work, as it has revealed many exciting details about Darwin’s travels. Furthermore, the book printed during his time is also preserved to this date.
- Due to his amazing work in natural science, he was awarded the Royal Medal. It was the high-class award that was given to only three people annually by the Royal Society.
- He was also awarded the Wollaston Medal in the year 1859 due to his outstanding work on geology. Hence, this precious Medal belonged to his brilliance in geological work which was awarded by the Geological Society of London.