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Charles Robert Darwin was born in Shrewsbury, England, on February 12, 1809; his mother was Susannah Wedgwood, the daughter of Josiah Wedgwood, the founder of the famous pottery firm; his father, Robert Waring Darwin, was a physician and the son of Erasmus Darwin, a physician, poet, and botanist who codified his own ideas on organic life. Darwin’s mother died when he was a child, and his older sisters provided his early education; he benefited from the attention shown him by the large Darwin and Wedgwood families. At an early age, he began collecting specimens and conducting scientific experiments.

In 1817 he was sent to a day school but did not do well; a year later he attended the Shrewsbury School, directed by Dr. Samuel Butler, where he studied the classics, which he did not especially like. Darwin went to Edinburgh University to study medicine...

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