On 26th April 1882, Charles Darwin was buried in Westminster Abbey. How this honour came about is described by his son Francis Darwin in The Life and Letters of Charles Darwin…
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.
His other legacy.
On Charles Darwin's horrific mistreatment of books.
Sir Francis Darwin's reminiscences about his father include an amusing passage describing Charles Darwin's approach to reading German.