Charles Darwin’s Journey

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At the age of 22, Charles Darwin set sail on a journey that would transform his life and our view of the natural world. His life experiences provide many stories that can inform, delight and challenge. The world of 19th century Victorian England was not the staid, tightly controlled society that is sometimes portrayed. It was a world of revolutionary changes in social structures, turbulent debates in religious beliefs, and the birth of the sciences we know today. Charles Darwin was a central player in many of these changes. Through it all he was also a dedicated father and husband whose family life was by turns touching and tragic.


        Charles Darwin 1871

Invite Mr. Darwin to your classroom, museum, church meeting or event

Invite Mr. Darwin for a visit so he can share his experiences with you and your students or guests. As portrayed by Prof. Kenneth Noll, Mr. Darwin can make a presentation to your group or chat informally and answer your questions. He can even mingle and carry on conversations one-on-one. Whatever format suits your venue.

Visit Stories with Mr. Darwin on Facebook at  @storieswithmrdarwin for news and daily posts of Darwin’s correspondence and the stories behind each letter.

To arrange a visit by Mr. Darwin, contact Prof. Noll at Mr. Darwin can speak about a number of topics which can be arranged with Prof. Noll. Suggestions for topics can be found on these pages: Science, History, Social Studies, and Geography. You may also discuss a topic of your choice with Prof. Noll.

You can learn about Mr. Darwin’s past appearances through photos or articles written about those events.

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Prof. Kenneth Noll portrays Mr. Darwin. He has been a Professor of Microbiology in the Department of Molecular and Cell Biology at the University of Connecticut since 1990. His area of research is the evolution of bacteria that grow at temperatures up to the boiling point of water. Like all bacteria, these organisms have shared traits with one another through the evolutionary process of gene exchange. High temperature microbes might be similar to the first life on Earth, so these studies can inform us about how life adapted to this new world.

Prof. Noll's portrayals of Charles Darwin are supported by:


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Visit Prof. Noll’s lab website to read about bacteria that grow at very high temperatures and other extreme conditions; termite gut microbes and how to build a termite farm; his work to enhance science communication; and his other public outreach work.

© Kenneth Noll 2018