Sun 11 Feb 2018
Darwin Memorial Lecture
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THE DARWIN MEMORIAL LECTURE 2018
"I, THE GEOLOGIST": CHARLES DARWIN'S FIRST CAREER
Prof. Martin Rudwick
Charles Darwin first became known in the scientific world as a promising young geologist. This gave him the intellectual framework for much of his biological work.
In this illustrated lecture Prof. Rudwick describes what Darwin did in his first career: from his earliest geological training while based in Shrewsbury; through his mind-expanding fieldwork in South America and the coral islands of the Pacific; to his ambivalent final fieldwork on the enigmatic Parallel Roads in Scotland, which coincided with the creative biological thinking that later culminated in On the Origin of Species.
Professor Martin Rudwick's own first career was as an evolutionary palaeontologist at Cambridge. Later he switched to the history of this and related sciences, which he taught successively at Cambridge, Amsterdam, Princeton and California. He has an international reputation and has published several books, most recently – and for the general reader – Earth's Deep History (2014).
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