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Charles Darwin, 1840.

The Friends of Charles Darwin were founded in 1994 to campaign for the depiction of their hero, Charles Darwin, on a Bank of England bank note. The great man finally appeared on the new £10 note in November 2000.

Due to popular demand, we're still taking on new members. We currently have 3878 members in 97 countries. Our most recent new member is James Foster of Cleveland, Ohio, USA.

So if you can truly say "Charlie is my Darwin", and you'd like to be able to write the letters FCD after your name, why not join us? It's totally free!

On this Day

On this day in 1831, Charles Darwin received news that his father had withdrawn his objections to his voyage aboard HMS Beagle.

On this day in 1836, Darwin had his first paper (jointly written with Captain FitzRoy) published, entitled, A Letter, Containing Remarks on the Moral State of Tahiti, New Zealand, &c.. It was published in the South African Christian Recorder and was the first paper published under Darwin's own name.

On this day in 1838, Darwin read Thomas Malthus's An Essay on the Principle of Population, which heavily influenced his theory of Natural Selection.

On this day in 1846, 1849 and 1855, Darwin attended British Association meetings in Southampton, Birmingham and Glasgow respectively.

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