Charles Robert Darwin
Person Born 12/2/1809 Died 19/4/1882
Father of the theory of evolution and natural selection.
Born at Shrewsbury. Grandfathers: Erasmus Darwin and Josiah Wedgwood. Independently wealthy. Once he returned from the Beagle voyage he never went abroad again. Married his Wedgwood cousin, Emma. Originally a Christian he lost this faith partly from his grief at the death of a child and partly due to the cruelty and wastefulness of nature. He was never an atheist but described himself as an agnostic.
Buried at Westminster Abbey.