Charles Darwin was born in Shrewsbury, Shropshire. His father was Robert Waring Darwin and his wife was Susannah, and he was the grandson of scientist Erasmus Darwin. His mother died when he was 8 years old, and his sister brought him up. He was taught at Shrewsbury, then sent to Edinburgh to study medicine, which he disliked very much so. Like many modern students, Darwin was only good in subjects that interested him him. Although his father was a physician, Darwin was not interested in medicine and he was couldn’t stand the sight of surgery. Eventually he did get a degree in theology from Cambridge University, even though he wasn’t really interested in it.
What Charles really liked to do was walk over the hills, observing plants and animals, collecting new specimens, investigating and observing their structures, and categorizing his findings, with the help of his cousin William Darwin Fox, an entomologist. His botany professor, John Stevens Henslow, who was p...