A well-known British naturalist, biologist, and geologist- Father of evolution are few traits to depict famous personality of Charles Darwin. Let’s read about him & look at 10+ Best Quotes by Charles Darwin about evolution.
FAMILY & CAREER
Charles Robert Darwin was born on 12th February 1809, in The Mount, Shrewsbury, England in a wealthy family. He died on 19th April 1882, in Downe, Kent. Was buried in Westminster Abbey, London, United States. He was the fifth son of Susannah Wedgewood, a daughter of a successful 18th-century industrialist, and Robert Waring Darwin, belonging to a doctor society and a financier. His mother died at an early age. His grandfather, Erasmus Darwin was a successful physician and an influential poet before the French Revolution. The Zoonomia or the Laws of Organic Life was written by him, who made various participation to evolution science.
Darwin hated parrot-fashion learning of the traditional Anglican Shrewsbury school. Studying better science was not much civilized in those public schools. Darwin’s father wanted him to be a doctor by profession. He studied medicine at Edinburgh University in 1825. At Edinburgh museum, he was taught to identify rocks, flora, and fauna and to stuff birds by John Edmonstone. He studied theology at Cambridge, this is when he developed his interest in focus on the natural history and different species biological things.
HMS Beagle invited Charles Darwin to join them for the trip around the world, as a ship’s naturalist. They looked carefully and thoroughly at different species at the coast of South America, and Darwin was free to examine the islands and continents including the Galapagos.
When Darwin visited the Galapagos Islands, he realized that distinctive creatures were similar from island to island, but they superbly adapted/ habituated to the different environmental niches which made them survive there, irrespective of their origin of islands’ inhabitants. He mostly studied finches and many several species of them, which was contrasted by different eating habits, shapes, and adaptations. This was the island where he did most of his explorations and researches. Alfred Russel Wallace supported him to discover the theory of evolution based on natural selection. Darwin is known as the father of evolution but nobody knows the contribution that was made by Alfred Wallace in this journey. As he became extinct after that. He performed a major role in the theory of natural selection. Following the Alfred Wallace phrase- “survival of the fittest”, Darwin concluded that species naturally adapt themselves concerning the environment. or the survival of the most adaptable. After waiting for 20 years he published his theory of Evolution in Natural Selection in the year 1859, on 24th November, though earlier many Americans did not accept this theory because of their religious views. They showed objection to evolution. He failed to convince a major part of the Americans when they denied the idea that different species shared the same ancestors.
INVENTIONS/THEORY by Charles Darwin
- He intended the revolutionary theory about evolution.
- Discovered four different kinds of species of giant ground sloth, a gomphothere, and the fossils of an extinct.
- He wrote two theories- 1) assorted groups of animals develop from one or a few common ancestors 2) the mechanism by which this evolution takes place is natural selection.
Books written by Charles Darwin
- The Voyage of the Beagle published in 1839
- On the Origin of Species published on 24th November 1859
- The Descent of Man published in 1857
Awards won by Charles Darwin-
- FRS (1839)
- Royal Medal (1853)
- Wollaston Medal (1859)
- Copley Medal (1864)
- Doctor of Laws (Honorary)
- Cambridge (1877)
INTERESTING FACTS about Charles Darwin
- The popular life-changing theory on evolution took more than 20 years to publish. This transformed the views of everyone in the field of the fantastic diversity of life.
- He was enthusiastic about hiking and assembling beetles, this hobby drove him to do research and studied various species.
- Darwin was a fearless person in nature and an adventurous eater, who liked to eat exotic animals such as puma, iguanas, giant tortoise, armadillos but did not like to eat owls. As he found that owl tastes indescribable, and discovered the taste, while he was eating other birds at a weekly food gathering ceremony namely the Glutton Club.
- He got married to his first cousin Emma Wedgewood, after sequentially designing the list of pros and cons about his marriage. They together had 10 children out of which 7 lived. The death of those 3 children bothered him all the time for the rest of his life.
- He used to play backgammon with his wife regularly.
10+ Best Quotes by Charles Darwin about evolution
- “It is not the strongest of the species that survives, nor the most intelligent of species that survives. It is the one that is the most adaptable to change that survives.”
- “Ignorance more frequently generates confidence than does knowledge: it is those who know little, and not those who know much, who so positively state that this or that problem will never be solved by science.”
- “I love experiments by fool. I am always making them.”
- “At some future period, not very distant as measured by centuries, the well-mannered human races of man will almost certainly exterminate and substitute the savage races throughout the world.”
- “A Person who dares to waste one hour of his/her time has not yet discovered the value of his/her life.”
- “In the long history of humankind (and animal kind, too) those who are determined to cooperate and improvise most efficiently have prevailed.”
- “A scientific man ought to have no desires, no attachment, – a mere heart of stone.”
- “As man develops in civilization, and small tribes are united into larger associations, the simplest reason would tell each individual that he ought to extend his social abilities and support to all members of the same nation, though personally unfamiliar to him. This point being once reached, there is only an artificial limitation to prevent his sympathies elongating to the men of all nations and races.”
- “I have tried to read Shakespeare lately, and found it so intolerably dull that it almost made me lost.”
- “Thus, from the battle of nature, from scarcity and death, the most superior object which we are capable of conceiving, namely, the production of the higher animals, directly follows. There is grandeur in this view of life, with its various powers, having been originally breathed into a few forms or one; and that, whilst this planet has gone cycling on according to the fixed law of gravity, from so simple a beginning endless forms most beautiful and most wonderful have been, and are being, developed.”
So, have you learnt about Charles Darwin? He was man clearly ahead of his time. His vision & mission in life was science & to unravel the mystery. We hope that above quotes by Charles Darwin gave you some insight. Let us know which one quote is your favourite among 10+ Best Quotes by Charles Darwin about evolution.