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British Association meeting 1860

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Several letters refer to events at the British Association for the Advancement of Science held in Oxford, 26 June – 3 July 1860. Darwin had planned to attend the meeting but in the end was unable to. The most famous incident of the meeting was the verbal…

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  • … 1918, 1: 521–4); Charles Lyell (K. M. Lyell ed. 1881, 2: 335–6); John Lubbock (Hutchinson 1914, 1: …

Power of movement in plants

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Sources|Discussion Questions|Experiment Family experiments Darwin was an active and engaged father during his children's youth, involving them in his experiments and even occasionally using them as observational subjects. When his children…

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  • … Letter 11586 - Darwin to Francis Darwin, 2 July 1878 Darwin writes to Francis to …
  • … the progress of Darwin's theory of natural selection? 2. How do you think the …

All Darwin's letters from 1873 go online for the anniversary of Origin

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To celebrate the 158th anniversary of the publication of Origin of species on 24 November, the full transcripts and footnotes of over 500 letters from and to Charles Darwin in 1873 are now available online. Read about Darwin's life in 1873 through his…

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  • … muscular contraction in animals. I could give 2 scientific secretaries work to do  ( …

Scientific Networks

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Friendship|Mentors|Class|Gender In its broadest sense, a scientific network is a set of connections between people, places, and things that channel the communication of knowledge, and that substantially determine both its intellectual form and content,…

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  • … Letter 1189 — Darwin, C. R. to Henslow, J. S., 2 July [1848] Darwin criticises the lecturing …
  • … L etter 1788 — Darwin, C. R. to Tegetmeier, W. B., [2 Dec 1855] Darwin raises queries …

Darwin in letters, 1867: A civilised dispute

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Charles Darwin’s major achievement in 1867 was the completion of his large work, The variation of animals and plants under domestication (Variation). The importance of Darwin’s network of correspondents becomes vividly apparent in his work on expression in…

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  • … Darwin wrote in his chapter on pangenesis ( Variation  2: 365). Darwin had developed his …
  • … selection, but had not elaborated further ( Variation  2: 75). In notes for his reply to a letter …
  • … to Hermann Müller, 11 February 1867, in Möller ed. 1915–21, 2: 111–16). Hermann sent Darwin some …

Darwin and the Church

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The story of Charles Darwin’s involvement with the church is one that is told far too rarely. It shows another side of the man who is more often remembered for his personal struggles with faith, or for his role in large-scale controversies over the…

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  • … 1848 to 1869 (letter to J. B. Innes, [8 May 1848] and n. 2). Darwin praised Innes to John …
  • … he left behind (letter from S. J. O’H. Horsman, 2 June [1868] ). Among the reasons justifying his …

Darwin’s scientific women

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Darwin exchanged letters with women who were botanists, travellers, observers, writers, and naturalists. Find out about their lives and how they contributed to his research.

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  • … Darwin’s letters shed light on the lives of some otherwise little-known women and reveal how much …

Hackathon

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As the final year of the Darwin Correspondence Project loomed, we wanted to make sure we celebrated the creation of a data set almost fifty years in the making as well as the scholarly achievement of the print volumes. Thus was born Hack Darwin! It was…

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  • … on the remaining 40% of material. Group 2 focussed mainly on enclosures: …

3.8 Leonard Darwin, interior photo

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< Back to Introduction Leonard Darwin, who created the distinctive image of his father sitting on the verandah at Down House, also portrayed him as a melancholy philosopher. His head, brightly lit from above, emerges from the enveloping darkness; he…

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The death of Anne Elizabeth Darwin

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Charles and Emma Darwin’s eldest daughter, Annie, died at the age of ten in 1851.   Emma was heavily pregnant with their fifth son, Horace, at the time and could not go with Charles when he took Annie to Malvern to consult the hydrotherapist, Dr Gully.…

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  • … Our poor child, Annie, was born in Gower St on March 2 d . 1841. & expired at Malvern at 1  …
  • … her chief characteristics. From whatever point I look back 2  at her, the main feature in her …
  • … 1 ‘at ‘ over  ‘in’. 2 ‘back’  interl . 3 ‘buoyant’: ‘o’  over  ‘y. …

Darwin and Gender Projects by Harvard Students

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Working in collaboration with Professor Sarah Richardson and Dr Myrna Perez, Darwin Correspondence Project staff developed a customised set of 'Darwin and Gender' themed resources for a course on Gender, Sex and Evolution first taught at Harvard…

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  • … intermediate between the child and the man” ( Descent 2: 317). Darwin believed, however, that …
  • … the value of the Darwin and Gender research initiative and 2) to explore the contribution that our …
  • … Project #2: “Man has Ultimately Become Superior to Woman” – Darwin’s public and …

3.16 Oscar Rejlander, photos

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< Back to Introduction Darwin’s plans for the illustration of his book The Expression of the Emotions in Man and Animals (1872) led him to the Swedish-born painter and photographer, Oscar Gustaf Rejlander. Rejlander gave Darwin the notes that he had…

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  • … photograph. Wood engraving in The Illustrated Review, 2: 27 (15 Nov. 1871). Wood engraved …

People featured in the German and Austrian photograph album

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Biographical details of people from the Habsburg Empire that appeared in the album of German and Austrian scientists sent to Darwin on 12 February 1877. We are grateful to Johannes Mattes for providing these details and for permission to make his…

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  • … Karl Ritter. In: Neue Deutsche Biographie (NDB). Vol. 2. Berlin: Duncker & Humblot 1955. p. 684. …
  • … Darstellung der Textil-, Kautschuk- und Leder-Industrie. 2 nd  issue. Wien: Manz 1876. …
  • … Biographisches Lexikon 1815–1950 (ÖBL). Vol. 2. Wien: Verlag der Österreichischen Akademie der …

Origin

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Darwin’s most famous work, Origin, had an inauspicious beginning. It grew out of his wish to establish priority for the species theory he had spent over twenty years researching. Darwin never intended to write Origin, and had resisted suggestions in 1856…

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Darwin in letters, 1876: In the midst of life

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1876 was the year in which the Darwins became grandparents for the first time.  And tragically lost their daughter-in-law, Amy, who died just days after her son's birth.  All the letters from 1876 are now published in volume 24 of The Correspondence…

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  • … hypothesis, first published in 1868 ( Variation 2: 357–404). Others had attempted but failed to …
  • … out that in less than a day he could type no more than ‘ 2 or 3 times as slowly as writing ’ (DAR …
  • … eczema, was able to rest his mind ( letter to G. H. Darwin, 2 May [1876] ). Darwin even cautioned …

Darwin's health

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On 28 March 1849, ten years before Origin was published, Darwin wrote to his good friend Joseph Hooker from Great Malvern in Worcestershire, where Dr James Manby Gully ran a fashionable water-cure establishment. Darwin apologised for his delayed reply to…

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  • … on these grounds (see, for example, Correspondence vol. 2, letter to J. S. Henslow, 14 October …
  • … early stomach troubles, see Correspondence vol. 2, letter to Caroline Wedgwood, [May 1838] , …
  • … to W. D. Fox, [7 June 1840] ( Correspondence vol. 2). He suffered from persistent sickness in …

1.14 William Richmond, oil

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< Back to Introduction William Blake Richmond’s portrait of Darwin, dating from 1879, celebrated his honorary degree of LL.D (Doctor in Laws), awarded by Cambridge University in 1877. Darwin’s return to his alma mater for the presentation ceremony…

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  • … May 1880), p. 8. ‘The Grosvenor Gallery’, Observer (2 May 1880), p. 7. ‘The Grosvenor Gallery …
  • … Darwin and A.C. Seward, More Letters of Charles Darwin , 2 vols (London: John Murray, 1903), vol. …

Living and fossil cirripedia

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Darwin published four volumes on barnacles, the crustacean sub-class Cirripedia, between 1851 and 1854, two on living species and two on fossil species. Written for a specialist audience, they are among the most challenging and least read of Darwin’s works…

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  • … much earlier in the fossil record. In Origin pp. 191-2, he cited the homology of ovigerous frena …
  • … beginning of 1854 , where it took longer than the ‘ 2 or 3 months ’ Darwin had hoped for to …

Essay: What is Darwinism?

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—by Asa Gray WHAT IS DARWINISM? The Nation, May 28, 1874 The question which Dr. Hodge asks he promptly and decisively answers: ‘What is Darwinism? it is atheism.’ Leaving aside all subsidiary and incidental matters, let us consider–1. What the…

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  • … let us consider–1. What the Darwinian doctrine is, and 2. How it is proved to be atheistic. Dr. …
  • … case, events are brought about in the material world; and 2. That by the word ‘ natural ’ is meant …
  • … or miraculous does to effect it for once. ’[VIII-2] So when Mr. Darwin makes such large and free …
  • … Not to the original intention of the divine mind; 2. Not to special acts of creation calling new …
  • … reference to the blind operation of natural causes; and, 2. That they were foreseen and purposed by …

Insectivorous Plants published

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Darwin's book, Insectivorous plants, demonstrating that some plant species not only attract animal prey but can digest it, is published. Darwin predicted poor sales but following initial publication on 2 July, two further printings were needed in…

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  • … predicted poor sales but following initial publication on 2 July, two further printings were needed …
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