Image of English naturalist Charles Darwin.

Charles Darwin

(1809 - 1882)

In 1831, at the age of twenty-two, Charles Darwin set sail on the HMS Beagle on a voyage that lasted five years, during which time he found in the Brazilian rain forest “a chaos of delight,” watched the eruption of Mount Osorno, and encountered iguanas and tortoises on the “frying hot” Galapagos Islands. “God knows what the public will think,” he worried to Alfred Russel Wallace in 1859, shortly before publishing On the Origin of Species, which outlined his theory of evolution by natural selection. After its release, T.H. Huxley warned Darwin not to be “disgusted or annoyed by the considerable abuse and misrepresentation, which, unless I greatly mistake, is in store for you.”

All Writing

The highest possible stage in moral culture is when we recognize that we ought to control our thoughts.

—Charles Darwin, 1871

Voices In Time

1872 | Downe

Body Language

Charles Darwin on the physical expressions of fear. More

Voices In Time

1849 | Downe

Names in Vain

“I am in a perfect maze of doubt on nomenclature.”More

Voices In Time

1871 | Downe

Stunt Flying

Darwin observes avian ornaments. More

Voices In Time

1859 | Downe

Paradigm Shift

Darwin marvels at the grandeur of natural selection.More

As natural selection works solely by and for the good of each being, all corporeal and mental endowments will tend to progress toward perfection.

—Charles Darwin, 1859

It is remarkable that only small birds properly sing.

—Charles Darwin, 1871

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