Charles Darwin Timeline
Timeline Description: Charles Darwin was a scientific thinker who wasn't intimidated by the beliefs of his day. His discoveries paved the way for scientists of the future. This is a timeline of his life.

Date Event
1809 Charles Robert Darwin is born

Charles Darwin was born in England. His father was a doctor.
1818 Charles goes away to school

Charles' father enrolled him at Shrewsbury School where Charles stayed for many years.
1825 Charles leaves school

Charles was taken out of school at Shrewsbury because he had bad grades. His father wanted him to do better.
1826 Charles begins thinking on his own

Charles began formulating his opinions on living beings and their origins. He began studying marine animals.
1827 A paper is presented to the Plinian Society

After writing a paper on his thoughts of marine life, Charles read it to the Plinian Society, which he had joined the year before.
1829 Charles' interests move on to bugs

Charles enrolled in Christ's College, where he quickly became interested in studying bugs.
1831 Charles takes a sea voyage

Charles became part of the Beagle Voyage, which included sailing to South America for documentation of the creatures found there.
1836 Charles returns home and begins publishing his theories

After returning to England, Charles started writing papers on his findings and theories. He began publishing his papers right away.
1837 He begins his first theories on specie mutations

Charles began making his first theories on the mutation and evolution of animals within their species.
1839 Charles gets married

Charles married a woman names Emma Wedgewood. Emma was actually Charles' cousin.
1840 Charles releases a paper on the evolution of mold

Charles' studies continued as his theories developed. He wrote a paper on mold, but the book wouldn't be published until much later, in 1881.
1842 Charles began his famous "descent of modification"

Charles began drawing out his beliefs on how the human species developed. He gave his wife instructions on how to distribute it if he died.
1846 Publishes his findings on South America

Charles wrote out the geological findings he discovered while he was with the Beagle voyage.
1855 Charles continues his work

After studying barnacles for several years, Charles moved on to studying seeds.
1856 The theory of Natural Selection is developed

Charles began working on a paper for his theory called natural selection.
1859 His book on natural selection is published

Charles' book was titled On The Origin Of Species By Natural Selection.
1864 Charles is presented an award

Charles was presented the Copley medal, the highest scientific award of the Royal Society of London.
1882 Charles Darwin dies

Charles Darwin died and was buried at Westminster Abbey. His discoveries in the scientific world helped pave the way for free thinking, and his theories still live on today.