Thursday, February 12, 2009

The 200th anniversary of the birth of Charles Darwin

Charles Robert Darwin was born on February 12th, 1809, in Shrewsbury, Shropshire, England.
As I have mentioned on previous posts [1][2], his contribution to both natural and social sciences has been unmatched and he is arguably one of the most important scientists of our time.
Nature will dedicate three specials to this English naturalist and has set up a website because of this special occasion, as 2009 marks his 200th birth anniversary and the 150th anniversary of the publication of the Origin of Species.
One thing I haven't mentioned is that, as would be expected, Science also set up a website (Online Collection) to commemorate this occasion, which features a blog, perspectives, research articles, etc.
Visit the site at

From the website:

The Year of Darwin

Science is celebrating the 150th anniversary of the publication of Charles Darwin's On the Origin of Species and the 200th anniversary of the author's birth with a variety of news features, scientific reviews and other special content, all collected here.


1 Comment:

Unknown said...

I think it's important to point out that the most known phrase about Charles Darwin theory of Natural Selection, which is "survival of the fittest" was coined by Herbert Spencer, an english philosopher. Curiously Spencer in contrast with Darwin, believed that evolution had direction and an end point, nevertheless he described Natural Selection theory with a precise phrase which is commonly used by everyone to explain Darwin's theory.