A HANDOUT ON DARWIN: COUNTDOWN TO 2008 / 2009!

Dr. Charles F. Urbanowicz / Professor of Anthropology
California State University, Chico / Chico, California 95929-0400
530-898-6220 [Office]; 530-898-6192 [Dept.]; 530-898-6824 [FAX]
e-mail: curbanowicz@csuchico.edu / home page: http://www.csuchico.edu/~curban

9 March 2002

© [Copyright; all rights reserved.] For a presentation on March 9, 2002, at the monthly meeting of the AAUW [American Association of University Women], Chico, CA. This presentation is a much shorter version of a paper delivered at "Darwin Day" activities in Sacramento, California, on February 10, 2002, sponsored by HAGSA [The Humanist Association of the Greater Sacramento Area]; for the complete paper of that day, please see http://www.csuchico.edu/~curban/DarwinSacFeb2002.html; for additional "Darwin Day" activities around the world, please see: http://www.darwinday.org/.

[This page printed from http://www.csuchico.edu/~curban/DarwinAAUWMarch.html]

Charles R. Darwin was born on February 12, 1809 and died on April 19, 1882. I am delighted to share what I hope are some unique insights into this individual whose research and ideas have shaped the world that we are living in today. Darwin was fascinating and many have written much about him and there is a "Darwin Industry." The years leading up to 2008 / 2009 will be interesting: 2008 will be the sesquicentennial of the joint Darwin-Wallace papers of 1858 at the Linnean Society meetings and 2009 will be the bicentennial of Darwin's 1809 birth as well as the sesquicentennial of the publication of the first edition of what has become known as Origin. I attempt to understand and "humanize" Darwin and share that understanding as best I can: my wife, and best friend, have visited Down House (Darwin's home in Kent, England) twice (1991 and 1999) as well as the Galápagos Islands (2000). My interest in Darwin has extended over decades and I have "doing Darwin" in the first person since October 4, 1990. Several videotapes, created for instructional purposes, are available via the World Wide Web. This brief presentation deals with some information concerning Charles R. Darwin and his research: looking at the map, you will see that he sailed from England on HMS Beagle on December 27, 1831. After conducting research in South America, the HMS Beagle entered the Pacific Ocean on June 11, 1834 and Darwin reached the Galápagos Islands on September 15, 1835. After that, HMS Beagle continued around the globe, arriving back in England on October 2, 1836. Darwin never left England again. [272 words]

Photo by Charles F. Urbanowicz, Natural History Museum, London (1999).


BACKGROUND

"The fact is that Charles Darwin was in almost all respects a fairly standard example of the nineteenth century student, well off, active in field sports, working hard enough to avoid academic failure, but a long way from academic success." Peter Brent 1981, Charles Darwin: A Man Of Enlarged Curiosity (NY: Harper & Row), page 89.
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Source: Caroline Overy, 1997, A Teacher's Guide To Charles Darwin: His Life, Journeys and Discoveries (United Kingdom: English Heritage).

Source: Various (and see R.B. Freeman, 1978, Charles Darwin: A Companion [Folkestone, Kent, England: Dawson & Sons, Ltd.], pages 66-68.

For a much lengthier version of this presentation, please see http://www.csuchico.edu/~curban/DarwinSacFeb2002.html; for various "Darwin Visuals" (referenced in that paper), please see http://www.csuchico.edu/~curban/darwinvisualsonly.htm (2000) as well as http://www.csuchico.edu/~curban/GalapagosIslandsoilspill.htm (2001).

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9 March 2002 by CFU


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