(1809–82), English natural historian and geologist; a proponent of the theory of evolution by natural selection; full name Charles Robert Darwin. While the naturalist on HMS Beagle for her voyage around the Southern Hemisphere 1831–36, he collected the material that became the basis for his ideas on natural selection. Notable works: On the Origin of Species (1859) and The Descent of Man (1871).
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