Charles Darwin
#2 Overall Influence

Charles Darwin

British naturalist, author of "On the origin of species, by means of natural selection"


Why is this person notable and influential?

Charles Robert Darwin was an English naturalist, geologist and biologist, best known for his contributions to the science of evolution. His proposition that all species of life have descended over time from common ancestors is now widely accepted, and considered a foundational concept in science. In a joint publication with Alfred Russel Wallace, he introduced his scientific theory that this branching pattern of evolution resulted from a process that he called natural selection, in which the struggle for existence has a similar effect to the artificial selection involved in selective breeding. Darwin has been described as one of the most influential figures in human history, and he was honoured by burial in Westminster Abbey.

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What schools is this person affiliated with?
University of Cambridge
University of Cambridge

Collegiate public research university in Cambridge, England, United Kingdom

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University of Edinburgh
University of Edinburgh

Public research university in Edinburgh, Scotland

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Notable Works

What contributions to academia has this person made?
  • The Autobiography of Charles Darwin
  • Geological Observations on South America
  • The Life of Erasmus Darwin
  • The Power of Movement in Plants
  • The Structure and Distribution of Coral Reefs
  • On the Origin of Species
  • Zoology of the Voyage of H.M.S. Beagle
  • The Voyage of the Beagle
  • The Life and Letters of Charles Darwin
  • The Different Forms of Flowers on Plants of the Same Species
  • A Naturalist's Voyage Round the World
  • The Effects of Cross and Self Fertilisation in the Vegetable Kingdom
  • Insectivorous Plants
  • The Descent of Man, and Selection in Relation to Sex
  • The Expression of the Emotions in Man and Animals
  • The Variation of Animals and Plants under Domestication
  • A Biographical Sketch of an Infant
  • More Letters of Charles Darwin
  • The Formation of Vegetable Mould through the Action of Worms
  • Geological Observations on the Volcanic Islands
  • Fertilisation of Orchids

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#1 World Rank