Charles Darwin

Charles Robert Darwin (1809-1882) was a distinguished scientist whose Origin of Species first clearly formulated and elaborated the theory of evolution. His first work (1897) described a five year cruise in the Beagle which the British Government had sent out for scientific purposes. His Origin of Species appeared in 1859 and though supported by the scientific thought of the time, was much attacked by theologians. In 1871 Darwin issued his Descent of Man, a still further elaboration of the evolution theory. His other principal works were The Expression of Emotion in Man and Animals (1872), Insectivorous Plants (1875), Different Forms of Flowers (1877) and Worms (1881). He was buried in Westminister Abbey.

More by this Author

  • Edward Lawrie Tatum

    Edward Lawrie Tatum was a American geneticist and biochemist, who shared the 1958 Nobel Prize in physiology or medicine with two other American geneticists, George W. Beadle and Joshua Lederberg. Tatum helped to...

  • Edward Youmans

    Edward Livingston Youmans was an American science editor. Born in Coeymans, N.Y. on June 3, 1821. From his father, a mechanic and farmer, he received an interest in practical science that stayed with him throughout his...

  • Edme Bouchardon

    Edme Bouchardon (1698-1762) was a French sculptor, noted for his public monuments in Paris. His works, based on long study of antique art, are decidedly academic, even neoclassical. He helped to break the dominance of...

Click to Rate This Article