Charles Darwin By Nancy P. for PHIL 202

  • Darwin is Born (12FEB1809-19APR1882)

    Darwin is Born (12FEB1809-19APR1882)
    Charles Darwin was born on the 12th of February 1809 at The Mount, Shrewsbury to Doctor Robert Waring Darwin (a physician) and Susannah Wedgwood [1].
  • Darwin's Early Academic History

    Darwin's Early Academic History
    Darwin attended Unitarian day school and transferred to Shrewsbury Boarding School [1]. Darwin hated Shrewsbury and described it as "narrow and classical" [1]. Darwin was later removed from the school in 1825 after being deemed unsuccessful [1].
  • Darwin's Time in Medical School

    Darwin's Time in Medical School
    After being dismissed from Shrewsbury, Darwin spent his days shadowing his father, a physician. That fall, he was sent to Edinburgh University to study medicine with his brother Erasmus. During his time at Edinburgh Darwin met his influential mentor, Robert Grant.
  • Darwin Tries Clerical Studies

    Darwin Tries Clerical Studies
    After two years of medical school, Darwin realized that he did not like the medical field and left Edinburgh without a degree [1]. Darwin's father was becoming increasingly more anxious at Darwin's idle state and insisted that Darwin go to Cambridge and take up clerical studies [1]. Darwin finally enrolled and attended in 1828 [1].
  • The Beagle

    The Beagle
    Charles Darwin received an invitation to join the HMS Beagle as a naturalist for a trip around South America [3]. The young graduate later stated that the voyage was an important event in his life and helped determine his career [3].
  • The Voyage of the Beagle

    The Voyage of the Beagle
    After five adventure-filled years, darwin published "Journals and Remarks" AKA "The Voyage of the Beagle". In it, he described the adventures and discoveries he made on the voyage along the coast of South America [1].
  • Darwin's Contributions to Science

    Darwin's Contributions to Science
    Darwin writes 3 books in total describing the voyage of the beagle; "The Structure and Distribution of Coral Reefs", "Geological Observations on the Volcanic Islands", and "Geological Observations on the Southern Parts of South America" [1]. His last book is finished in 1846 [1].
  • Darwin Begins His Biggest Contribution to the Philosophy of Science

    Darwin Begins His Biggest Contribution to the Philosophy of Science
    In 1842 Darwin write a 35 page rough draft on his theory of evolution and begins his process towards publication [1].
  • Darwin writes a Manuscript

    Darwin writes a Manuscript
    Darwin finishes a 230 page manuscript on the theory of evolution after Joseph Dalton Hooker, his best friend, read the manuscript and showed support towards his friend's work [4].
  • Darwin Writes and Publishes "The Origin of Species"

    Darwin Writes and Publishes "The Origin of Species"
    Darwin moves quickly to write his book after fearing that others might publish his findings faster than him [1]. This is the biggest contribution to the philosophy of science from darwin. His book founded a new branch in the philosophy of science and began the philosophy of biology [6]. Darwin's theory was taking off after being published, he was even invited to the British Association in 1860, but was unable to attend due to illness [2].
  • Darwinism Dominates

    Darwinism Dominates
    In 1866, Darwinism begins to take over as the most accepted theory of the evolution of man and was even featured in the presidential address by William Robert Grove at The British Association for the Advancement of Science's annual meeting [5]. In August of 1866, Hooker gave a speech on the topic on behalf of Darwin at the British Association [5]. Darwin was even working towards writing 3 volumes on the transmutation of species by natural selection during this year as well [5].
  • The Descent of a Man

    The Descent of a Man
    Charles Darwin, after publishing many more research papers and changing the way of science, dies. Darwin suffered from a heart attack on Christmas and was followed by seizures [1]. Darwin perished in great pain and suffering at Down House [1]. His remains were buried in Westminster Abbey (Cambridge) [1].
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  • Citations

    1.“A TIMELINE OF THE LIFE OF CHARLES DARWIN | Christs College Cambridge.” University of Cambridge, Accessed 18 Apr. 2021.
    2.“British Association Meeting 1860.” Darwin Correspondence Project, 12 June 2015,
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    3.“Charles Darwin’s Beagle Voyage.” American Museum of Natural History,,and%20islands%2C%20including%20the%20Gal%C3%A1pagos. Accessed 18 Apr. 2021.
    4.“Darwin in Letters, 1844–1846: Building a Scientific Network.” Darwin Correspondence Project, 12 June 2015,
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    5.“Darwin in Letters,1866: Survival of the Fittest.” Darwin Correspondence Project, 12 June 2015,
    6. Mayr, Ernst. “Darwin’s Influence on Modern Thought.” Scientific American, 24 Nov. 2009,