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Darwin, Charles Robert

(1809–92) English naturalist. His works include: Voyage of the Beagle (1839), On the Origin of Species by means of Natural Selection (1859), and The Descent of Man (1871). He was with WALLACE the originator of modern evolutionary theory See DARWINISM.
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Less well known and recognized than his grandson Charles Robert Darwin, or the latter's cousin Francis Galton (father of eugenics), Erasmus Darwin deserves recognition as a leading figure of the 19th century with many fields of interest.
Other Abbey names with great Midland connections include Edgbaston-born The Rt Hon (Arthur) Neville Chamberlain (1869-1940), the former Lord Mayor of Birmingham turned Prime Minister who declared war on Nazi Germany in 1939; his father, Joseph Chamberlain (1836-1914); Sir Edward Elgar (1857-1934); Charles Robert Darwin 1809-1882); Sir Adrian Cedric Boult (1889-1983); James Watt (1736-1819); Sir Frank Whittle (1907-1996) and Dr Samuel Johnson (1709-1784).

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