1731–1802

Introduction

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Baptized: De­cem­ber 12, 1731, El­ston Hall, Not­ting­ham­shire (near New­ark-on-Trent), Eng­land.

Died: Ap­ril 18, 1802, Bread­sall Pri­o­ry (near Der­by), Eng­land (now a ho­tel and coun­try club).

Buried: All Saints Church, Bread­sall, Der­by­shire, Eng­land.

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Biography

Darwin was a phy­si­cian, na­tur­al phi­lo­so­pher, phys­i­ol­o­gist, slave trade ab­o­li­tion­ist, in­vent­or and po­et.

He was a mem­ber of the Dar­win-Wedg­wood fa­mi­ly, which in­cludes his grand­sons Charles Dar­win and Fran­cis Gal­ton.

He was a found­ing mem­ber of the Lu­nar So­ci­e­ty of Birm­ing­ham, a dis­cuss­ion group of in­dus­tri­al­ists and na­tur­al phi­lo­so­phers. He turned down George III’s in­vi­ta­tion to be a phy­si­cian to the King.

Erasmus Dar­win House, his home in Lich­field, is now a mu­se­um de­di­cat­ed to Dar­win and his life’s work. A school in near­by Burnt­wood is known as Eras­mus Dar­win Acad­e­my.

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