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Charles Robert Darwin is considered by many to be the father of modern biology He introduced the theory of evolution and natural selection to a time in which science was based of the words on the Bible He revolutionized the way life science was studied Charles Darwin was born on February 12 1809 in Shrewsbury England He was the fifth child of Dr Robert Waring Darwin and Susannah Wedgwood Darwin As a young child he developed an interest in hunting and collecting rocks and insects At the age of eight barely starting day school his mother died His older sister Caroline soon became a mother figure to him A year later his father sent him and his older brother to Shrewsbury Grammar School where they stayed for seven years Then at the age of sixteen he was enrolled in Edinburgh University a highly respected medical school After two years in the school Charles found himself incredibly bored with the field of medicine Also the idea of surgery without an anesthetic repulsed him After his second year of medical school his father realized that Charles was not cut out to be a doctor He then sent Charles to Christs College in Cambridge to become a clergyman It was here that Darwins fascination with biology developed His interest in insects grew to the extent that he would spend all day in the woods looking for new beetles Cambridge is also where he met and befriended John Stevens Henslow a professor of botany at Cambridge After graduating from Christs College in 1831 Darwins curiosity in the life sciences was not diminished He then read Zoonomia by his grandfather Erasmus Darwin He fell upon a chapter concerning evolution stating that over a period of time an animal would change based on its surroundings Unfortunately his grandfather failed to bring any evidence to support his theory Soon after he was offered and accepted an unpaid position as naturalist
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