HMS Beagle with Charles Darwin on board departs England for a survey of South America in 1831.
Born to a family of scientists, Charles Darwin learned to study and question. His grandfather was a botanist, while his father was a medical doctor. Darwin studied at the University of Edinburgh and Christ’s College in Cambridge. After graduating with a Bachelor of Arts, Darwin received the invitation that would change his life. He joined the crew of the HMS Beagle as the naturalist. On this five year voyage, Darwin had the chance to study many animals and plants. He noticed the similarities and differences. This started his whole theory of evolution.