Darwin day

Darwin Day is a celebration to commemorate the anniversary of the birth of Charles Darwin on 12 February 1809. The day is used to highlight Darwin's contribution to biological science and to promote science in general.


Darwin's finches or Galapagos finches as drawn by John Gould, show variations in beaks that led to the biological principle of  evolution by natural selection. image: wikipedia

The celebration of Darwin's work and tributes to his life have been organised sporadically since his death on 19 April 1882, at age 73. Events took place at Down House, in Downe on the southern outskirts of London where Darwin and members of his family lived from 1842 until the death of his wife, Emma Darwin, in 1896.

In 1909, more than 400 scientists and dignitaries from 167 countries met in Cambridge to honour Darwin's contributions and to discuss vigorously the recent discoveries and related theories contesting for acceptance. This was a widely reported event of public interest. 

 Also in 1909, on 12 February, the 100th birth anniversary of Darwin and the 50th anniversary of the publication of On The Origin of Species were celebrated by the New York Academy of Sciences at the American Museum of Natural History. A bronze bust of Darwin was unveiled. 

On 2 June 1909 the Royal Society of New Zealand held a "Darwin Celebration". "There was a very large attendance.” 

On 24–28 November 1959, The University of Chicago held a major, well publicised, celebration of Darwin and the publication of On the Origin of Species, the largest event of the Darwin Centennial Celebration.

Source: Darwin Day. (2015, February 3). In Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia. Retrieved 09:39, February 12, 2015, from http://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Darwin_Day&oldid=645473638