Charles Darwin (1809-1882) Timeline

12 Feb 1809

Birth of Charles Darwin


Charles Darwin attends Shrewsbury School, dabbles in chemistry


Charles Darwin studies divinity at Cambridge

27 Dec 1831

HMS Beagle sets sail from Plymouth, England

Jan 1832

In Cape Verde, Charles Darwin observes oyster shells in rocks

15 Sep 1835

Charles Darwin collects specimens in the Galapagos Islands

2 Oct 1836

HMS Beagle returns to England


Darwin formulates theory of evolution

Sep 1838

Darwin reads the Essay on the Principle of Population by Thomas Malthus


Charles Darwin moves to Down House


Charles Darwin receives Royal Medal for barnacle studies

Apr 1856

Darwin begins work on The Origin of Species


Darwin modifies theory of natural selection to apply to families, not individuals

1 Jul 1858

First public presentation on natural selection


Publication of On the Origin of Species by Charles Darwin


Publication of The Descent of Man by Charles Darwin


Charles Darwin and George Eliot attend a seance; Darwin not impressed


Publication of The Formation of Vegetable Mould, Through the Action of Worms by Charles Darwin

19 Apr 1882

Death of Charles Darwin

26 Apr 1882

Burial of Charles Darwin in Westminster Abbey