13 February 2015
Today is Charles Darwin’s 206 birthday, and I crossed his path by accident last October in Falmouth, UK. Darwin left for London (and home) from a building in Portsmouth that still stands. It’s an HSBC Bank branch now, but on that Sunday in 1836, it was a coaching inn.
You can see the historical marker on the corner of the building, and a closeup of it is below.
Darwin would spend the next 22 years working on his theory of natural selection, and since it’s publication in 1858, it has been tested countless thousands of times and it has been verified in every one. He is also the only famous scientist which has an award named after him, but trust me you do not want to win one!