A Darwinian Calendar of Events

Note: I use this page for administrative purposes (to remind me about Darwinian anniversaries which might require blog posts). You're welcome to read it, but it's primarily a set of rough notes for my benefit.


04-Jan-1837: Darwin read his first paper on research from his voyage aboard HMS Beagle to the Geological Society.

06-Jan-1831: HMS Beagle arrived at Tenerife, but was prevented from landing due to a cholera scare back in England. Rather that go through quarantine, Captain FitzRoy decided not to land. Darwin was devastated.

11-Jan-1844: Darwin wrote to Joseph Dalton Hooker to say he believed in the transmutation of species. 'It is like confessing a murder,' he wrote.

12-Jan-1836: HMS Beagle arrived in Sydney, Australia.

15-Jan-1850: Darwin's son Leonard was born.

16-Jan-1832: HMS Beagle arrived in the Cape Verde Islands. Darwin spent the next few days exploring.

16-Jan-1836: Darwin set off from Sydney on an inland trip to Bathurst, New South Wales. During his trip, he encountered duck-billed platypuses, which astonished him.

24-Jan-1839: Darwin was elected Fellow of the Royal Society.

26-Jan: Australia Day! ‘Farewell, Australia! you are a rising child, and doubtless some day will reign a great princess in the South: but you are too great and ambitious for affection, yet not great enough for respect. I leave your shores without sorrow or regret.’—Darwin, Voyage of the Beagle Ch.19

29-Jan-1839: Darwin married his cousin Emma Wedgwood.

30-Jan-1868: First edition of Darwin's The Variation of Animals and Plants Under Domestication was published.