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William Darwin born

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The Darwins' first child, William Erasmus Darwin, is born.  His father immediately starts to record observations on his behaviour and development. Years later these are published in the journal Mind.

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  • … The Darwins' first child, William Erasmus Darwin, is born.  His father immediately starts to …

Journal of Researches published

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Darwin's account of the Beagle voyage, based on his personal diaries, is published and is a great success. It appeared as the third volume of the Narrative of the surveying voyage of H.M.S. Adventure and Beagle, with the title Journal and remarks but…

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  • … Darwin's account of the Beagle voyage, based on his personal diaries, is published and is a …

Darwin and Fatherhood

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Charles Darwin married Emma Wedgwood in 1839 and over the next seventeen years the couple had ten children. It is often assumed that Darwin was an exceptional Victorian father. But how extraordinary was he? The Correspondence Project allows an unusually…

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  • … Charles Darwin married Emma Wedgwood in 1839 and over the next seventeen years the couple had ten …

Orchids

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Why Orchids? Darwin  wrote in his Autobiography, ‘During the summer of 1839, and, I believe, during the previous summer, I was led to attend to the cross-fertilisation of flowers by the aid of insects, from having come to the conclusion in my…

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  • … wrote in his Autobiography , ‘During the summer of 1839, and, I believe, during the previous …

The expression of emotions

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Darwin’s work on emotional expression, from notes in his Beagle diary and observations of his own children, to questionnaires, and experiments with photographs, was an integral part of his broad research on human evolution. It provided one of the main…

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  • … with the birth of his son, William Erasmus, in December of 1839. Entries on his other children …

Emma Darwin

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Emma Darwin, Charles Darwin's wife and first cousin, was born Emma Wedgwood, the eighth and youngest child of Josiah Wedgwood II and Bessy Allen. Her father was the eldest son of the famous pottery manufacturer, Josiah Wedgwood I. Her mother was one…

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  • … Beagle voyage. Emma and Charles married in January 1839 and moved into a rented house in …

People featured in the Dutch photograph album

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Here is a list of people that appeared in the photograph album Darwin received for his birthday on 12 February 1877 from scientific admirers in the Netherlands. Many thanks to Hester Loeff for identifying and researching them. No. …

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  • … Physician   Delden 6 march 1839 Huissen 9 june 1911 …
  • … Physician   Amsterdam 17 august 1839 Maastricht 15 january …
  • … of Laren.   Lochem 19 february 1839 Amersfoort 19 february …

George Robert Waterhouse

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George Waterhouse was born on 6 March 1810 in Somers Town, North London. His father was a solicitor’s clerk and an amateur lepidopterist. George was educated from 1821-24 at Koekelberg near Brussels. On his return he worked for a time as an apprentice to…

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  • … five-part  Zoology of the Voyage of HMS Beagle  in 1839, and described most of the beetles in a …

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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  • … man.  He married his cousin Emma Wedgwood in 1839 and they had ten children.  Darwin spent most of …

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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  • … man.  He married his cousin Emma Wedgwood in 1839 and they had ten children.  Darwin spent most of …

George Peacock

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George Peacock was born 9 April 1791 in Denton near Darlington in Yorkshire. He was the son of a clergyman, the Rev. Thomas Peacock, curate of Denton for 50 years and school master. George was educated at Sedbergh School, Cumbria and Richmond School in…

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  • … deacon, then priest and became Vicar of Wymewold in 1826. In 1839 he was appointed Dean of Ely …

Richard Henry Corfield

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Richard Henry Corfield was in his final year at Shrewsbury School when Darwin started there. It’s hard to say how well they knew each other, but fifteen years later Corfield appeared again in Darwin’s life as a surprisingly familiar face on the other side…

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  • … dissolved both in Valparaiso and in London on 31 October 1839 ( London Gazette 1: 309). …

Robert FitzRoy

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Robert FitzRoy was captain of HMS Beagle when Darwin was aboard. From 1831 to 1836 the two men lived in the closest proximity, their relationship revealed by the letters they exchanged while Darwin left the ship to explore the countries visited during the…

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  • … of the Surveying Voyages of HMS Adventure and Beagle (1839). His contributions were eclipsed by …
  • … manner ’. When FitzRoy moved away from London in 1839, Darwin was ‘right glad of it’ as he was …

People featured in the Dutch photograph album

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List of people appearing in the photograph album Darwin received from scientific admirers in the Netherlands for his birthday on 12 February 1877. We are grateful to Hester Loeff for providing this list and for permission to make her research available.…

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  • … Physician   Delden 6 March 1839 Huissen 9 June 1911 …
  • … Physician   Amsterdam 17 August 1839 Maastricht 15 January …
  • … of Laren.   Lochem 19 February 1839 Amersfoort 19 February …

Darwin’s Photographic Portraits

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Darwin was a photography enthusiast. This is evident not only in his use of photography for the study of Expression and Emotions in Man and Animal, but can be witnessed in his many photographic portraits and in the extensive portrait correspondence that…

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  • … It is a Daguerreotype – a process invented in France in 1839 by Louise Jacque Mandé Daguerre and …

Darwin & Glen Roy

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Although Darwin was best known for his geological work in South America and other remote Beagle destinations, he made one noteworthy attempt to explain a puzzling feature of British geology.  In 1838, two years after returning from the voyage, he travelled…

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  • … Serapis had famously suggested to Charles Lyell). In 1839 Darwin read a paper on the parallel …

1877 letters now online

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Flowers, bloom, a son married . . . and a suspended monkey in Cambridge at Darwin's honorary LLD ceremony. The transcripts and footnotes of over 600 letters written to and from Darwin in 1877 are now online. Read more about Darwin's life in 1877…

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  • … was based on a notebook of observations he had begun in 1839 with the birth of his first child, …

Charles Darwin’s letters: a selection 1825-1859

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The letters in this volume span the years from 1825, when Darwin was a student at the University of Edinburgh, to the end of 1859, when the Origin of Species was published. The early letters portray Darwin as a lively sixteen-year-old medical student. Two…

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  • … this time, 1854, Darwin had become a family man. In January 1839, he had married his cousin Emma …

Richard Matthews

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Richard Matthews was 21 years old when he stepped aboard the Beagle, destined for a lonely career as a missionary in Tierra del Fuego. The Church Missionary Society had arranged for him to accompany the three Fuegians (Fuegia Basket, Jemmy Button, and York…

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  • … FitzRoy.] 3 vols. and appendix. London: Henry Colburn. 1839. …

Boat Memory

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Boat Memory was one of the indigenous people from Tierra del Fuego brought back to England by Robert FitzRoy, captain of HMS Beagle, in 1830, but he remains as ghostly a figure as his name. What he was called by his own people is unknown, but the name Boat…

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  • … FitzRoy.] 3 vols. and appendix. London: Henry Colburn. 1839. …
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