Charles Darwin Timeline

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  • Charles Darwin

    Charles Darwin
    Birth of Charles Robert Darwin in Shrewsbury, Shropshire, England.
    Photo Citation:
    National Geographic, Chronical/Alamy Stock Photo, 2019,
  • Education

    At the age of 16, in October of 1825, Charles Darwin enrolled at the University of Edinburgh. 2 years later, he attended Christ’s College at Cambridge. He expressed an interest in the study of natural history.
    While attending Christ’s College, a botany professor named John Stevens Henslow became his mentor. After Darwin graduated college with a Bachelor of Arts degree, Henslow suggested that he aboard a ship of the British Royal Navy, the HMS Beagle, as a naturalist.
  • HMS Beagle Voyage

    The HMS Beagle set sail for a five year long journey “to survey coastal Patagonia to facilitate British trade and return three “savages” previously brought to England from Tierra del Fuego and Christianized. He explored regions in Brazil, Argentina, Chile, and remote islands such as the Galápagos." (National Geographic Society) During this trip, Darwin collected a variety of plants, animals, rocks, and fossils that he would later study.
  • Return to England

    The HMS Beagle returns to England. Darwin studies his findings and presents them to paleontologists and geologists. He also reviewed his diary that was kept throughout the HMS Beagle voyage.
  • HMS Beagle Diary Publication

    “Darwin became well known through his diary’s publication as Journal of Researches into the Geology and Natural History of the Various Countries Visited by H.M.S. Beagle.” (Britannica) His studies also led him to question how species change over time. This led to his theory on natural selection which later became known as "Darwinism."
  • On the Origin of Species Publication

    Charles Darwin published On the Origin of Species by Means of Natural Selection which delves into his thoughts on evolution and natural selection. “In the next century, DNA studies provided scientific evidence for Darwin’s theory of evolution.” (Biography) Here is a link to a short video on Darwin's theory of evolution:
  • Charles Darwin Death

    Death of Charles Robert Darwin in Downe, Kent. Buried at Westminster Abbey in London, England.