Thomas Wedgwood: the Uncle of Photography

Thomas Wedgwood (1771–1805)

As historians of science are forever reminding us (although nobody listens to those killjoys), we enter dangerous territory when we start to discuss the ‘first’ person to do X, the ‘lone genius’ who invented Y, or the ‘Father of’ Great Idea Z.

11th July, 1836: Darwin visits Napoleon

Towards the end of her second voyage, HMS Beagle called at the island of St Helena in the South Atlantic. Darwin took the opportunity to visit the grave of St Helena's most famous former occupant (and prisoner), Napoleon Bonaparte.