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2 Charles Darwin: A Man Apart Rohit Samson Parkland Magnet Middle School Grade 6

3 Childhood On February 12, 1809 Charles Robert Darwin was born in Shrewsbury, Shropshire, England as a son of a well-to-do physician. He was named Charles after his uncle and Robert after his father. He had four siblings, Erasmus being his older brother. In the spring of 1817, Charles went to a grammar school run by a Mr. Case. He was said to be shy yet mischievous. Darwins mother died on July 15, 1817, when he was only 8. In September 1818, Darwin attended Shrewsbury Grammar School, along with Erasmus, run by the Rev. Samuel Butler. The focus of their study was Greek and Roman grammar and reading. He did not do well in school, and on June 17, 1825 Darwin was removed because of bad grades. Because of this he spent the summer working in his dads medical practice.

4 An Unpromising Youth Darwin was sent by his father to study medicine at Edinburgh University in Scotland. He was horrified, however, by the sight of surgery without anesthesia, and discontinued his studies after only two years. Darwin was sent by his father to study medicine at Edinburgh University in Scotland. He was horrified, however, by the sight of surgery without anesthesia, and discontinued his studies after only two years. Darwin was accepted into Christs College at Cambridge in Oct. 1827, but he lacked true interest in theology. Instead, he collected beetles and studied them. Darwin was accepted into Christs College at Cambridge in Oct. 1827, but he lacked true interest in theology. Instead, he collected beetles and studied them. His first work in science began with a geologic field trip led by English geologist Adam Sedgwick. His first work in science began with a geologic field trip led by English geologist Adam Sedgwick. Scottish zoologist Robert Grant introduced Darwin to the evolutionary ideas of the French naturalist Jean-Baptiste Lamarck, who first thought of evolution of life from simple forms. Scottish zoologist Robert Grant introduced Darwin to the evolutionary ideas of the French naturalist Jean-Baptiste Lamarck, who first thought of evolution of life from simple forms.

5 The Beagle Voyage The Beagle Voyage In December of 1831 the H.M.S. Beagle left Plymouth Harbor on a 5 year voyage of scientific exploration. In December of 1831 the H.M.S. Beagle left Plymouth Harbor on a 5 year voyage of scientific exploration. Darwin joined as the ships naturalist. Darwin joined as the ships naturalist. Sea-sickness and infections apart he was able to come to a clear realization of the antiquity of the Earth and the long ages through which life had to develop. (Isaac Asimov) Sea-sickness and infections apart he was able to come to a clear realization of the antiquity of the Earth and the long ages through which life had to develop. (Isaac Asimov)

6 Galapagos Giant Tortoise photograph courtesy of Dr. Phillip Dvoskin

7 Darwins Finches photograph courtesy of Dr. Phillip Dvoskin (Galapagos Islands 2004)

8 Natural Selection While there were many unusual animals on the Galapagos Islands, Darwin mainly noticed a group of birds, the famous Darwins Finches which were similar but divided into at least 14 species, none of which existed on the mainland. While there were many unusual animals on the Galapagos Islands, Darwin mainly noticed a group of birds, the famous Darwins Finches which were similar but divided into at least 14 species, none of which existed on the mainland. Darwin believed that these birds came to the island seeking food and therefore had a common ancestor, but their descendants differentiated based on adaptation to different natural conditions like availability of food, predators, prey, and climate eventually evolving into separate species. Darwin believed that these birds came to the island seeking food and therefore had a common ancestor, but their descendants differentiated based on adaptation to different natural conditions like availability of food, predators, prey, and climate eventually evolving into separate species. He noticed that the 14 different species of finches each had unique beaks tailored to its specific diets. For example the Warbler Finch has a sharp, pointy beak to eat insects in trees, but the Large ground finch has a large, stout beak that allows it to eat seeds and nuts which are too big for other species. (courtesy of Newsweek article, Nov. 2005) He noticed that the 14 different species of finches each had unique beaks tailored to its specific diets. For example the Warbler Finch has a sharp, pointy beak to eat insects in trees, but the Large ground finch has a large, stout beak that allows it to eat seeds and nuts which are too big for other species. (courtesy of Newsweek article, Nov. 2005) He also could identify the island origin of giant tortoises based on the patterns on their shells. He also could identify the island origin of giant tortoises based on the patterns on their shells. He concluded that creatures adapted themselves to different ways of life based on the environment and the fittest of them survived and procreated. He then realized that such NATURAL SELECTION explained the process of EVOLUTION. He concluded that creatures adapted themselves to different ways of life based on the environment and the fittest of them survived and procreated. He then realized that such NATURAL SELECTION explained the process of EVOLUTION.

9 Darwins Wife & Children Darwin married his cousin Emma Wedgwood of the Wedgwood Porcelain fame, a devout Catholic and they had 10 children: Darwin married his cousin Emma Wedgwood of the Wedgwood Porcelain fame, a devout Catholic and they had 10 children: William Erasmus Darwin- ( ) married without children. William Erasmus Darwin- ( ) married without children. Anne Elizabeth Darwin (Darwins favorite child)- (Mar. 2, Apr. 22, 1851) from tuberculosis. Anne Elizabeth Darwin (Darwins favorite child)- (Mar. 2, Apr. 22, 1851) from tuberculosis. Mary Eleanor Darwin- (Sep. 23, Oct. 16, 1842) Mary Eleanor Darwin- (Sep. 23, Oct. 16, 1842) Henrietta Emma Darwin- ( ) no children. Henrietta Emma Darwin- ( ) no children. George Howard Darwin- ( ) Came to America, had four children. George Howard Darwin- ( ) Came to America, had four children. Elizabeth Darwin- ( ) died single. Elizabeth Darwin- ( ) died single. Francis Darwin- ( ) He published some of Darwins letters and his autobiography. He married twice and had two children. Francis Darwin- ( ) He published some of Darwins letters and his autobiography. He married twice and had two children. Leonard Darwin- ( ) Married with no children Leonard Darwin- ( ) Married with no children Horace Darwin ( ) Had three children. Horace Darwin ( ) Had three children. Charles Waring Darwin (Dec. 6, June 28, 1858) Charles Waring Darwin (Dec. 6, June 28, 1858) In the end, Darwin had one wife, 10 children, and nine grandchildren. A number of his great-grandchildren still live today. In the end, Darwin had one wife, 10 children, and nine grandchildren. A number of his great-grandchildren still live today.

10 The Theory of Evolution The evolution concept refers to the belief that existing animals and plants developed by a process of slow, continuous change from previously existing forms. Organic evolution, as opposed to belief in the special creation of each individual species as an unchangeable form, envisions life as having had its beginnings in a simple mass (probably starting out in the sea) from which, over course of time, arose all living forms. Inorganic evolution, on the other hand, is concerned with the development of the physical universe from unorganized matter.

11 Intelligent Design Intelligent design is based on the theory that blueprints of the world were created by an intelligent being. Intelligent design is based on the theory that blueprints of the world were created by an intelligent being. This theory started out in the times of the ancient Greeks. This theory started out in the times of the ancient Greeks. English Theologian William Paley in his book Natural Theology; or the Evidences of the Existence and Attributed of the Deity (1802) brought it to the forefront. English Theologian William Paley in his book Natural Theology; or the Evidences of the Existence and Attributed of the Deity (1802) brought it to the forefront. Even though intelligent design is supposed to differ from creationism, it seems to be linked to the biblical version of the universes creation in 6 days. Even though intelligent design is supposed to differ from creationism, it seems to be linked to the biblical version of the universes creation in 6 days. Intelligent design does not reject the fact that the Earth is billions of years old, creationism does. Intelligent design does not reject the fact that the Earth is billions of years old, creationism does. While it does not reject some aspects of evolution, it rejects sciences theory that the world changed through natural disasters such as volcanic eruptions. While it does not reject some aspects of evolution, it rejects sciences theory that the world changed through natural disasters such as volcanic eruptions. Believers of intelligent design have been fighting to keep intelligent design taught in schools. Believers of intelligent design have been fighting to keep intelligent design taught in schools. Their case was over-ruled by Judge John E. Jones III who claimed the theory as a version of creationism and banned it from being taught in public schools in Pennsylvania. Their case was over-ruled by Judge John E. Jones III who claimed the theory as a version of creationism and banned it from being taught in public schools in Pennsylvania. Later on January 19, 2006 the Vatican newspaper proclaimed that intelligent design is not science and should not be taught in schools along with evolution. It also said that evolution doesnt exactly remove God from the process of creation. Later on January 19, 2006 the Vatican newspaper proclaimed that intelligent design is not science and should not be taught in schools along with evolution. It also said that evolution doesnt exactly remove God from the process of creation.

12 Evolution vs. Intelligent Design The origin of the universe, of life, of the different organisms on earth and of mankind is basically explained in two different ways: evolution and creation. Evolution vs. Intelligent Design The origin of the universe, of life, of the different organisms on earth and of mankind is basically explained in two different ways: evolution and creation. Evolution is based on survival of the fittest by natural selection and adaptation. Evolution is based on survival of the fittest by natural selection and adaptation. Evolution has been studied and can be explained by various naturalistic experiments. Evolution has been studied and can be explained by various naturalistic experiments. Evolution is a theory thought of gradually over a course of time through various observations. Evolution is a theory thought of gradually over a course of time through various observations. Intelligent design is based on the assumption that an intelligent designer created the world to this state of perfection. Creationism is a theory that has no fundamental scientific basis. Intelligent design is based on blind belief.

13 The Late Years of Darwin Charles Darwin remained ill most of his life. He never traveled abroad again. He may have suffered from Chagas disease. On September 7, 1881, Darwin finished his final will. On Dec. 15, 1881, Darwin started feeling strong chest pains. From Feb. to Apr. 1882, Darwin had violent seizures and heart troubles. A doctor was called on April 18, 1882 and left the next day saying Darwin was fine. Later that day he suffered from more violent attacks. His family gathered around his bedside. Charles Robert Darwin died about 4:00p.m April 19, On April , Charles Robert Darwin was buried at Westminster Abbey (even without the family requesting it) next to his friend, Sir John Herschel (astronomer) about 20 feet from Sir Isaac Newton. Ironically, this was the only honor he received from the British government under Queen Victoria, who were against Darwinism. Charles Darwin remained ill most of his life. He never traveled abroad again. He may have suffered from Chagas disease. On September 7, 1881, Darwin finished his final will. On Dec. 15, 1881, Darwin started feeling strong chest pains. From Feb. to Apr. 1882, Darwin had violent seizures and heart troubles. A doctor was called on April 18, 1882 and left the next day saying Darwin was fine. Later that day he suffered from more violent attacks. His family gathered around his bedside. Charles Robert Darwin died about 4:00p.m April 19, On April , Charles Robert Darwin was buried at Westminster Abbey (even without the family requesting it) next to his friend, Sir John Herschel (astronomer) about 20 feet from Sir Isaac Newton. Ironically, this was the only honor he received from the British government under Queen Victoria, who were against Darwinism.

14 Some Books by Charles Darwin Darwin's Scientific Diaries On the Origin of Species a Facsimile of the First Edition The Descent of Man, and Selection in Relation to Sex. The Origin of Species The Expression of the Emotions in Man and Animals. The Origin of Species by Means of Natural Selection: Or, the Preservation of Favored Races in the Struggle for Life. The Autobiography of Charles Darwin Charles Darwin and the Voyage of the 'Beagle'. Charles Darwin's Notebooks, : Geology, Transmutation of Species, Metaphysical Enquiries. The Correspondence of Charles Darwin: (vol-1-11). Charles Darwin's Beagle Diary.

15 The End I wanted to acknowledge my family, who introduced me to Charles Robert Darwin. I grew up admiring him. I chose him as a topic for my project because I wanted the world to know him as a Man Apart; a shy school misfit who then pursued his keen observation and provided the world scientific data never disproved for over 1 ½ centuries. Thank you for your time.


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