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Charles Darwin, young man
Charles Darwin as a young man

Some basic facts about Charles Darwin are listed on this page. If you're looking for more detailed information, try reading his autobiography, which is offered here on this website with added images and notes to help fill out the story.

Full name: Charles Robert Darwin (12 February 1809 — 19 April 1882).

Place of birth: Shrewsbury, Shropshire, western England (Shropshire borders on northern Wales).

Place of death: In his home, Down House, Downe, Kent, England.

Place of interment: Westminster Abbey, near John Herschel and Isaac Newton.

Mother: Susannah Darwin (née Susannah 'Sukey' Wedgwood), 1765 — July 1817; eldest child of Josiah and Sarah Wedgwood.

Father: Robert Waring Darwin (30 May 1766 — 13 November 1848) son of Erasmus and Mary Darwin; elected a Fellow of the Royal Society on February 21, 1788.

Wife: Emma Darwin (2 May 1808 — 7 October 1896), daughter of Josiah Wedgwood II.

The Autobiography:

1. Introduction >>

2. Early Schooling >>

3. Edinburgh >>

4. Cambridge >>

5. The Beagle >>

6. Back in England >>

7. Life at Down >>

8. Addendum >>

Basic Facts >>

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Siblings:

  • Marianne Darwin (1798 — 18 July 1858);
  • Caroline Sarah Darwin (1800 — 5 January 1888); married her cousin, Josiah Wedgwood III;
  • Susan Elizabeth Darwin (1803 — 3 October 1866);
  • Erasmus Alvey Darwin (1804 — 26 August 1881);
  • Emily Catherine Darwin (1810 — 2 February 1866).

Children:

  • William Erasmus Darwin (27 December 1839 — 8 September 1914);
  • Anne Elizabeth Darwin (2 March 1841 — 23 April 1851);
  • Mary Eleanor Darwin (23 September 1842 — 16 October 1842);
  • Henrietta Emma "Etty" Darwin (25 September 1843 — 1929);
  • George Howard Darwin (9 July 1845 — 7 December 1912);
  • Elizabeth "Bessy" Darwin (8 July 1847 — 1926);
  • Francis "Frank" Darwin (16 August 1848 — 19 September 1925);
  • Leonard Darwin (15 January 1850 — 26 March 1943);
  • Horace Darwin (13 May 1851 — 29 September 1928);
  • Charles Waring Darwin (6 December 1856 — 28 June 1858).

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