Mr Kirkbright said: "While half a world apart, the universities have quite a bit in common, from our shared heritage in Darwin
and our rural locations, to the young age of both institutions.
While his mother did the neighbors' laundry, his father saw Darwin
's condition as a money-making opportunity.
, while en route to authoring On the Origin of Species, was widely appreciated as an explorer and as an observant field geologist.
faked his own death so his wife of the time could make fraudulent insurance and pension claims.
was seen paddling out to sea in his canoe on March 21, 2002, at Seaton Carew, in Hartlepool.
Hales shifts the figure of Darwin
from its usual role as the organizing centre of attention to show Darwin
in dialogue with Malthus, Herbert Spencer, and Alfred Russel Wallace.
These include the mistaken belief that Charles Lyell established the ancient age of the earth, the groundless story that the Beagle's captain wished for a companion on the voyage so as not to go mad, and most classic, and most incorrect, that Darwin
was struck by the shape of the beaks of the finches while in the Galapagos Islands.
Given that Darwin
did not regard the natural process of evolution as morally neutral, "Darwin
's theory," writes Richards, "is not responsible for the malign social theory often associated with his work, namely, the social eugenics that played through America, Britain, and especially Germany in the late nineteenth century."
In the second episode of Dead Famous DNA, Dr Stephan Schuster, Professor of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology at Pennyslvania State University analyses two of Darwin
's 130-year-old beard hairs which came from his great, great grandson, the Mirror reported.
More than 200 years after his birth in 1809, and 150 years after the publication of The Origin of Species in 1859, Charles Darwin
is still considered one of the greatest scientists who ever lived.