Who is Charles Darwin?

Charles Darwin is known for the controversial evolution theory also known as Natural Selection.

He was originally studying to be a doctor at Edinburgh University but switched to divinity at Cambridge University. It is rumoured he couldn't stand the sight of blood.

He went on the five-year HMS Beagle voyage around the world where he came across the idea of evolution.

He married his first cousin, Emma Wedgwood.

He is buried in Westminster Abbey.

Darwin places in Cambridge:
  • Darwin attended Christ College for 3 years.
  • On Sidney Street above the Boots, Darwin lived in a room. There is a plaque to say that he stayed there.
  • Fitzwilliam Street- there is a plaque stating when Darwin lived after his Beagle voyage.
  • Darwin college- Darwin's son owned the original building. This is a graduate school.
In 2009, there was a festival in Cambridge to celebrate Darwin, this website has a lot of information and ideas of things to do in Cambridge.

You can find out more about Charles Darwin here.

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