Fittingly dressed as one's biography, it is another day to present to the grammar school classroom. Though this time, it is Albert Einstein, Abraham Lincoln, and Jackie Robinson who file somewhat in a rush through the doors, while Charles Darwin saunters in like a Galapagos tortoise -- worthy, wise, and measured. The young scientist slowly rearranges his yellow silk cravat and green waistcoat, as he looks up at the big staircase, then glances back towards the street where his mother offers an encouraging smile followed by a good luck wave. For the presentation of Charles Darwin is now in his little hands, aided by a library book or two for inspiration. It is coincidental that their birthdays are just one day apart, while their love of natural history spans the centuries.
Charles Darwin was born on February 12th, 1809 in Shrewsbury, England. A naturalist, geologist, and biologist, Darwin is best known for his contributions to the science of evolution in which all species are descended from common ancestors. Darwin formulated his theory while visiting the Galapagos Islands in 1837-1839, aboard the HMS Beagle. In 1859 Darwin published On the Origin Of Species, a book that deeply influenced Western thought while shocking Victorian society.
The following articles are drawn from Proquest Historical Newspapers, which informs and inspires classroom teaching and learning.
- Charles Darwin. (1909, Feb 05). The American Hebrew & Jewish Messenger (1903-1922)
- Charles Darwin. (1909, Feb 12). Chicago Daily Tribune (1872-1922)
- Johnston, C. (1927, May 22). Charles Darwin In Two New Portraits: Leonard Huxley and George A. Dorsey Reveal a Very Human Figure. New York Times (1923-Current File)
- Ellard, A. K. (1928, Jul 20). Charles Darwin: A Great Naturalist: His Theories and Works. The Irish Times (1921-Current File)
- Bates, M. (1959, Feb 01). Evolution Of The Evolutionist: The Autobiography Of Charles Darwin, 1809-1882. New York Times (1923-Current File)
- Darwin's Evolution. (1959, Nov 22). New York Times (1923-Current File)
- Engel, L. (1964, Apr 12). The Newton Of The World Of Living Things: Charles Darwin: Evolution By Natural Selection. New York Times (1923-Current File)
- The voyage of Charles Darwin. (1980, Jan 27). Boston Globe (1960-1988)
- Schudel, M. (1991, Apr 14). The Evolution of Charles Darwin. The Washington Post (1974-Current File)
- Galloway, P. (1992, Feb 12). A Natural Selection For Recognition: Charles Darwin's Birthday Is Often Overlooked In the Land Of Lincoln. Chicago Tribune (1963-1996)
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- Charles Darwin At a Younger Age, Vector Images
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