Charles Darwin (1809-1882) Timeline

12 Feb 1809

Birth of Charles Darwin

1817

Death of Darwin's mother

1818

Charles Darwin attends Shrewsbury School, dabbles in chemistry

1825

Charles Darwin studies medicine in Edinburgh

1828

Charles Darwin studies divinity at Cambridge

27 Dec 1831

HMS Beagle sets sail from Plymouth, England

Jan 1832

In Cape Verde, Charles Darwin observes oyster shells in rocks

Dec 1832

At Terra del Fuego, Darwin observes the natives

15 Sep 1835

Charles Darwin collects specimens in the Galapagos Islands

12 Jan 1836

Charles Darwin declares Sydney "one of the 100 wonders of the world"

29 Apr 1836

Charles Darwin tours Mauritius on an elephant

31 May 1836

Charles Darwin in Cape Town; meets Sir John Herschel

2 Oct 1836

HMS Beagle returns to England

1837

Darwin formulates theory of evolution

Sep 1838

Darwin reads the Essay on the Principle of Population by Thomas Malthus

1839

Charles Darwin weds first cousin Emma Wedgwood

1842

Darwin publishes three books on South American geology

1842

Charles Darwin moves to Down House

1842

Charles Darwin drafts theory of natural selection

1844

Darwin requests posthumous publication of Origin of Species

1846

Charles Darwin studies barnacles

1853

Charles Darwin receives Royal Medal for barnacle studies

1856

Birth of Darwin's 10th child

Apr 1856

Darwin begins work on The Origin of Species

1857

Darwin modifies theory of natural selection to apply to families, not individuals

18 Jun 1858

Charles Darwin receives letter from Alfred Russel Wallace

1 Jul 1858

First public presentation on natural selection

1859

Publication of On the Origin of Species by Charles Darwin

1868

Publication of The Variation of Animals and Plants Under Domestication by Charles Darwin

1871

Publication of The Descent of Man by Charles Darwin

1873

John Fiske visits Darwin at Down House, calls him the "loveliest old grandpa"

1874

Charles Darwin and George Eliot attend a seance; Darwin not impressed

1876

Charles Darwin writes autobiography

1881

Publication of The Formation of Vegetable Mould, Through the Action of Worms by Charles Darwin

19 Apr 1882

Death of Charles Darwin

26 Apr 1882

Burial of Charles Darwin in Westminster Abbey