Charles Darwin: Ink signature, 'Charles Darwin, Down, Kent', on an off-white 4.5 x 2.25 card, dated 9 May 1876. In fine condition, with traces from a previous mounting on verso.
Charles Darwin was the first to succeed in commanding respect for all naturalists with his presentation of the theory of evolution - the theory that species evolved as the fittest members survived and passed their traits on to future generations. His theories were developed on his visit to the Galapagos Islands and published in Origin of Species in 1859. His controversial theory was quickly accepted in scientific circles but received opposition from religious leaders. Today, Darwin's theories are embraced by scientists and are the starting point for the modern study of evolutionary biology. The need for fundamentalist religious groups to literally believe the bible keeps his name and work frequently in the news today. Charles Darwin's extraordinary achievements are not restricted to his early scientific and evolutionary works. His original work in geology, botany, invertebrate zoology, psychology and scientific travel writing contributed immeasurably to human knowledge and he remains extraordinarily relevant to the 21st century.
Cloth-matted with a descriptive plaque. Framed by The Archive Gallery.