Charles Darwin (1809-1882) Timeline

12 Feb 1809

Birth of Charles Darwin

1818

Charles Darwin attends Shrewsbury School, dabbles in chemistry

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

15 Sep 1835

Charles Darwin collects specimens in the Galapagos Islands

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

1842

Charles Darwin moves to Down House

1853

Charles Darwin receives Royal Medal for barnacle studies

Apr 1856

Darwin begins work on The Origin of Species

1857

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

1 Jul 1858

First public presentation on natural selection

1859

Publication of On the Origin of Species by Charles Darwin

1871

Publication of The Descent of Man by Charles Darwin

1874

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

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