Charles Darwin: The Greatest Biologist’s Failure to Success

Charles Darwin was a British nationalist in the 19th century whom students still learn about today. He created the theories of evolution and natural selection. However, he faced many feats before becoming the man that is taught about in today’s classrooms.

Darwin was bored by school and when he could not complete his study in medicine at Dr. Butler’s Shrewsbury School, he was terminated. His father was very disappointed in him, saying “You care for nothing but shooting dogs and catching rats and you will be nothing but a disgrace to yourself and all of your family.”

After this failure, Darwin went to Cambridge to study theology and become a clergyman at Christ’s College. Four years later, he left the school because he could not concentrate. Ironically, he is famous for going against the church’s beliefs by teaching of evolution and natural selection.

Once Darwin left college, he began to look into his interest of nature and species. He wrote the book On the Origin of Species and explained his theory of evolution by natural selection. His theory described that all life on earth came from one common ancestor.

Reflecting on his history, Darwin stated, “I was considered by all my masters and my father, a very ordinary boy, rather below the common standard of intellect.” Now, Darwin is viewed and cited by many as the greatest biologist in history.

About the Author

Eliza Grigsby
Eliza is a junior in her second year working with the BlueXpress. She is involved with many things around Millbrook such as the swim, softball and academic teams, interact club and SCA as well as dance at the Shenandoah Conservatory Arts Academy.