We all know about Darwin’s theory of evolution. It’s drilled into almost every young kid’s brain at some point in their schooling. It may surprise you to find out that people didn’t really think very highly of him, though.
Charles Darwin, born on February 12th, 1809, was the son of a very wealthy physician. Even his grandfather was a renowned poet, scientist, and physician. So he was bound to be excellent, right? Well, when it came to his own schooling, the word “average” is what was used. Darwin himself was said to state that he wasted too much of his time on his passion which was collecting things like coins, stamps, and shells.
He tried his best to follow in his father’s footsteps by attending Edinburgh University to study medicine but quickly realized this was not his path in life. Instead, Darwin studied the ministry at Cambridge, which he thought would allow him time for his passion of collecting. It was this choice which lead him to meet John Henslow who invited him to sail around the world in 1831. Charles Darwin had to feel the sting of failure before succeeding!
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