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Darwin Charles Darwin
1809 - 1882
At the time of his voyage on the Beagle, Darwin was an enthusiastic young naturalist, eagerly making collections of wildlife and fossils. His voyage on the Beagle gave him time to study and think, and he made up his mind to follow a scientific career.

He published his observations of the voyage, began his work on evolutionary theory, and spent many years studying barnacles. With the publication of his momentous work, Origin of Species his position in scientific history was sealed.


1687 - Sloane in Jamaica 1831 - Darwin in South America 1848 - Wallace in South America & Malay 1872 - Challenger & the deep ocean