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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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  • … album of German and Austrian scientists sent to Darwin on 12 February 1877. We are grateful …
  • … N.N.: GM Josef Edler von Hausner. In: Wiener Zeitung 261 (12 th  November) 1907. p. 4.   …
  • … erweiterte Frauenbildung in Wien (1909/10) 22, 1910. p. 8, 12.  N.N.: Auflösung des …

Darwin in letters, 1861: Gaining allies

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The year 1861 marked an important change in the direction of Darwin’s work. He had weathered the storm that followed the publication of Origin, and felt cautiously optimistic about the ultimate acceptance of his ideas. The letters from this year provide an…

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  • … set forth in  Origin  ( see letter to P. L. Sclater, 12 [March 1861] ). …

2.27 William Couper bust, New York

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< Back to Introduction In 1909 the centenary of Darwin’s birth and the fifty years anniversary of the publication of Origin of Species coincided. In recognition of this historic milestone, a grand celebration and international colloquium took place…

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  • … Osborn, at an unveiling ceremony on Darwin’s birthday, 12 February 1909, attended by some three …
  • … of Charles Darwin’ and many of the other addresses on 12 February, Darwin’s ‘solitariness’ – his …

4.31 'La Lune Rousse', Gill cartoon

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< Back to Introduction A drawing of Darwin by André Gill borrows a satirical trope found in The Hornet, Fun and Punch, showing him with a large caricatured head joined to the body of an ape. However, La Lune Rousse is distinctively French in…

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Scientific Practice

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Specialism|Experiment|Microscopes|Collecting|Theory Letter writing is often seen as a part of scientific communication, rather than as integral to knowledge making. This section shows how correspondence could help to shape the practice of science, from…

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  • … Letter 1260 — Darwin, C. R. to Hooker, J. D., 12 Oct 1849 Darwin writes to Hooker about his …

Volume appendices

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Here is a list of the appendices from the print volumes of the Correspondence of Charles Darwin with links to adapted online versions where they are available. Appendix I in each volume contains translations of letters in foreign languages and these can…

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  • …   12 III Presentation list for ‘Three forms …

Climbing plants

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Darwin’s book Climbing plants was published in 1865, but its gestation began much earlier. The start of Darwin’s work on the topic lay in his need, owing to severe bouts of illness in himself and his family, for diversions away from his much harder book on…

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  • … Linn. Soc. will like expence of so large a paper with 12 woodcuts; for if too expensive for Linn. …
  • … movements and habits of climbing plants’ was published on 12 June 1865 in a double issue of the …

4.52 'Wasp' caricature

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< Back to Introduction Less than a fortnight after Darwin’s death, an irreverent portrayal of him appeared on the cover of a Californian satirical magazine. The Wasp, based in San Francisco, resembled the better-known New York magazine Puck in its…

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  • … Wasp cited here are 8:292 (3 March 1882), p. 134; 8:302 (12 May 1882), pp. 291, 299; 8:303 (19 May …

3.14 Julia Margaret Cameron, photos

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< Back to Introduction In the summer of 1868 Darwin took a holiday on the Isle of Wight with his immediate family, his brother Erasmus, and his friend Joseph Hooker. The family’s accommodation at Freshwater was rented from the photographer Julia…

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  • … (New York and London: Charles Scribner’s Sons, 1928), pp. 12, 51–2. Helmut Gernsheim, Julia …

3.15 George Charles Wallich, photo

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< Back to Introduction In the years around 1868–1871, when professional photographers competed for sittings with Darwin, a doctor called George Charles Wallich approached him with a similar request. Wallich was planning to publish a set of his own…

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  • … of the Bancroft Library. Darwin’s letters to Wallich: 12 Dec. [1860], DCP-LETT-3020; 18 April [1869] …

Australia

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The Beagle arrives in Australia

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  • … The Beagle arrives in Australia …

Who we were

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Many people have contributed to the Darwin Correspondence Project since it was first founded in 1974. Some names are now lost to us, and we would appreciate hearing from anyone who has contributed in the past and is not listed here. The final staff of…

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  • … Many people have contributed to the Darwin Correspondence Project since it was first founded in …

New features for Charles Darwin's 208th birthday

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The website has been updated with an interactive timeline (try it!) and enhanced secondary school resources for ages 11-14. What's more, the full texts of the letters for 1872 are now online for the first time, and a selection of Darwin's…

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  • … in print. A fitting way to celebrate Darwin's birthday on 12 February. Use the …

Upper Gower Street

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Moves to 12 Upper Gower Street, London

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  • … Moves to 12 Upper Gower Street, London …

About Darwin

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To many of us, Darwin’s name is synonymous with his theory of evolution by natural selection.  But even before the publication of On the Origin of Species in 1859, he was publicly known through his popular book about the voyage of the Beagle, and he was…

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  • … culture, and the discussion of religion. Born on 12 February 1809, Charles Darwin was the son …

About Darwin

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To many of us, Darwin’s name is synonymous with his theory of evolution by natural selection.  But even before the publication of On the Origin of Species in 1859, he was publicly known through his popular book about the voyage of the Beagle, and he was…

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  • … culture, and the discussion of religion. Born on 12 February 1809, Charles Darwin was the son …

2.14 Boehm, Westminster Abbey roundel

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< Back to Introduction A bronze plaque or medallion with a portrayal of Darwin was installed in Westminster Abbey in 1888, six years after his grand funeral and burial there. Like the seated statue of Darwin in the Natural History Museum of 1884–1885…

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  • … Chapter of Westminster. The minutes of a Chapter meeting of 12 December 1887 mention that the Dean …
  • … computer-readable date 1887-01-01 to 1888-12-31 
 medium and material bronze …

Fool's experiments

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‘I love fools' experiments. I am always making them’, was one of the most interesting things the zoologist E. Ray Lankester ever heard Darwin say. ‘A great deal might be written as comment on that statement’, Lankester later recorded, but he limited…

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  • … ‘I love fools' experiments. I am always making them’, was one of the most interesting things the …

4.35 Frederick Sem, caricature

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< Back to Introduction A caricature drawing of Darwin by Frederick Sem was one of a series of his portrait caricatures acquired by Queen Alexandra for her scrapbook or album, which has been preserved in the Royal Collection. Darwin is shown leaning…

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  • … of Man. Sem was mentioned in the Hornet ’s pages on 12 April 1873 as one of a crowd of …

Interview with John Hedley Brooke

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John Hedley Brooke is President of the Science and Religion Forum as well as the author of the influential Science and Religion: Some Historical Perspectives (Cambridge University Press, 1991). He has had a long career in the history of science and…

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  • … at the University of Oxford. Date of interview: 12 March 2009 Transcription …
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