Charles Darwin

1809 - 1882

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Charles Robert Darwin ( DAR-win; 12 February 1809 – 19 April 1882) was an English naturalist, geologist and biologist, widely known for his contributions to evolutionary biology. His proposition that all species of life have descended from a common ancestor is now generally accepted and considered a fundamental concept in science. In a joint publication with Alfred Russel Wallace, he introduced his scientific theory that this branching pattern of evolution resulted from a process he called natural selection, in which the struggle for existence has a similar effect to the artificial selection involved in selective breeding. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Charles Darwin has received more than 26,609,648 page views. His biography is available in 200 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 191 in 2019). Charles Darwin is the most popular biologist, the 4th most popular biography from United Kingdom and the most popular British Biologist.

Charles Darwin is most famous for his theory of evolution. He proposed that all species of life have descended over time from common ancestors, and that this branching pattern of evolution resulted in the diversity of life we see around us.

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Among biologists, Charles Darwin ranks 1 out of 1,097After him are Carl Linnaeus, Gregor Mendel, Alexander Fleming, Ivan Pavlov, Antonie van Leeuwenhoek, Jean-Baptiste Lamarck, Ernst Haeckel, Konrad Lorenz, Georges Cuvier, Rosalind Franklin, and James Watson.

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Among people born in 1809, Charles Darwin ranks 1After him are Edgar Allan Poe, Abraham Lincoln, Felix Mendelssohn, Nikolai Gogol, Louis Braille, Pierre-Joseph Proudhon, Georges-Eugène Haussmann, Albert Pike, Bruno Bauer, Alfred, Lord Tennyson, and Joseph Liouville. Among people deceased in 1882, Charles Darwin ranks 1After him are Giuseppe Garibaldi, Friedrich Wöhler, Ralph Waldo Emerson, Arthur de Gobineau, Theodor Schwann, Jesse James, Dante Gabriel Rossetti, Bruno Bauer, William Stanley Jevons, Francesco Hayez, and Léon Gambetta.

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In United Kingdom

Among people born in United Kingdom, Charles Darwin ranks 4 out of 8,785Before him are Isaac Newton (1643), Adam Smith (1723), and William Shakespeare (1564). After him are Elizabeth II (1926), Lord Byron (1788), Charlie Chaplin (1889), Francis Bacon (1561), Elizabeth I of England (1533), John Locke (1632), Winston Churchill (1874), and James Watt (1736).

Among BIOLOGISTS In United Kingdom

Among biologists born in United Kingdom, Charles Darwin ranks 1After him are Alexander Fleming (1881), Rosalind Franklin (1920), Alfred Russel Wallace (1823), Francis Crick (1916), Thomas Henry Huxley (1825), Robert Brown (1773), Christian de Duve (1917), Richard Owen (1804), John Edward Gray (1800), Robert Edwards (1925), and Philip Miller (1691).