One of the most influential people in modern day biology and geology is Charles Darwin. His advances in the fields still have impact to this day. His theory of Natural Selection made tidal waves through the scientific community all across the world. Darwin’s theories and studies are still a topic of conflict. Many Christians still dispute his theories, standing strong to their ideas of Creationism.
On February 12, 1809 one of the mostly highly respected and controversial scientists was born (“Charles Darwin”). Charles Darwin was born in Shrewsbury, England to a family of eight (“Charles Darwin”). He was the second youngest of the children, and was a child of great wealth and privilege (“Charles Darwin”). Darwin was born into a long line of scientists (“Charles Darwin”). At age eight, Susanna, Darwin’s mother died (“Charles Darwin”).
In 1817, at the age of sixteen Darwin was sent to a day school in Shrewsbury (Scientific Biography 565). While there it was determined that Darwin was a slow learner (Scientific Biography 565). In 1818 Darwin was enrolled into the Shrewsbury School under the supervision of Dr. Samuel Butler (Scientific Biography 565). While there the curriculum was focused on the classics, some ancient history, and geography (Scientific Biography 565). Charles claimed the school taught him nothing, and he stated “The school as a means of education to me was simply a blank.” (Scientific Biography 565). Darwin was publicly rebuked by the headmaster for wasting time on chemical experiments (Scientific Biography 565). In 1825 he was removed from Shrewsbury School and began the study of medicine at Edinburg University (Scientific Biography 565).
Because of his repulsion to blood, Darwin wasn’t able to attend any actual surgical procedures, While at Edinburg (Discovering Science), (Scientific Biography 565). After being pressured by his family, Darwin enrolled in Christ’s College at Cambridge to study theology (Discovering Science). While there he soon discovered he had no religious aspirations (Discovering Science). While at Cambridge, Darwin met Adam Sedgwick who got him interested in geology (Discovering Science). Darwin also met John Henslow, who helped Darwin gain self confidence and spiked his interest in natural history (Discovering Science). After graduation in 1831 Henslow offered Darwin a position as an unpaid naturalist to South America and the South Pacific Islands (Discovering Science). The expedition was to last five-years aboard the H.M.S. Beagle (Discovering Science). Darwin was quick to accept the offer and in December 1831 they set sail (Discovering Science).
They sailed for five-years on H.M.S Beagle (International Social Sciences 227). The next five-years would be the some of the most intellectually important years for Darwin, and probably some of the most important in the field of biological science (Scientific Biography 566). Darwin found his first fossil in Brazil, a...