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HSU Marks Darwin’s 200th Birthday

Arcata – Humboldt State University will celebrate the 200th birthday of Charles Darwin (1809-1882), eminent British naturalist and author of the history-making On the Origin of Species, with ceremonies on Thursday, February 12, at noon in the Lobby-Atrium of building Science B.


Charles Darwin, aged 51. Scanned from Karl Pearson’s “The Life, Letters, and Labours of Francis Galton.” Photo originally from the 1859 or 1860. According to the son of Charles Darwin, Francis Darwin, this portrait is by Messrs, Maull and Fox. He writes that “the date of the photograph is probably 1854; it is, however, impossible to be certain on this point, the books of Messrs, Maull and Fox having been destroyed by fire.”

HSU’s Department of Biological Sciences will host the event, with a birthday cake and snacks, an exhibit of Darwin’s many books and a Power Point illustrating milestones in the scientist’s life. The event is free and the general public is invited. Attendees are invited to bring decorations for a “Darwin Tree of Life.”

Published in 1859, On the Origin of Species became the basis of modern evolutionary theory and a foundation of biological science. Darwin is also known for The Voyage of the Beagle, based on a nearly five-year, ocean-going expedition during which he collected zoological data about marine invertebrates.

For details about the HSU event, dial Professor Milt Boyd at 826-4924.