Cambridge News Online has a short video up about Darwin’s time a Cambridge. His quarters at Christ’s College have been restored for the bicentennial. In the video is John van Whye, historian of science, the man behind Darwin Online, and a Darwin myth-buster. I was surprised then when in the video the interviewer said something about Darwin having been sought out to be naturalist aboud HMS Beagle, and van Whye saying that Darwin, through his Cambridge connections, was seen as the right man for the job. Huh?
Darwin was not brought aboard HMS Beagle as ship’s naturalist but rather as a gentleman companion for Captain Robert Fitzroy. Read more about it at So Simple A Beginning.
And see the video at Cambridge News Online here.