|1809||Born 12 February in Shrewsbury, UK.|
|1813||Dated 'some of my earliest recollections' from a summer|
sea-bathing holiday at Gros near Abergele.
|1817||Starts at day school, run by Unitarian minister Mr Case.|
|1817||Mother Susannah dies on 15 July.|
|1818||In September becomes a boarder at Shrewsbury School.|
|1825||In September begins medical studies at Edinburgh.|
|1827||Leaves Edinburgh in April without completing degree.|
|1828||In January goes up to Christ's College, Cambridge.|
|1830||Comes to know and work with the Professor of Botany,|
|1831||Gains the BA in January, passing tenth in a list of 178|
candidates. On 27 December, after delays, the Beagle sets sail
under its Captain, Robert Fitzroy, with Darwin as gentleman
companion and naturalist.
|1831-2||Parliamentary Reform Bills finally enacted in England.|
|1835||In September visits the Galapagos Islands.|
|1836||On 2 October the Beagle docks at Falmouth after a tour of the|
globe that included visits to the Tropics, South America, the
Pacific Islands, Australia and New Zealand, South Africa,
and innumerable islands, including the Falklands and St Helena.
|1838||Manifestations of the illness which is to dog him at intervals for|
the rest of his life (possibly the result of a bite by the Chagas
Beetle, or M.E., compounded with psychosomatic effects).
|1838||Reads Thomas Malthus, On Population.|
|1839||Elected a Fellow of the Royal Society on 24 January.|
|1839||Marries Emma Wedgwood on 29 January.|
|1839|| Journal of Researches into the Geology and Natural History of the
Various Countries visited by H.M.S. Beagle first published by|
Henry Colburn as volume iii of Fitzroy Narrative, reissued as
a separate volume without permission by Colburn. The first
version of what is now called The Voyage of the Beagle.
|1842||Writes his first 'Sketch' of his theory.|