Chris Darwin

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Christopher William Darwin (born 16 March 1961[1] in London) lives in Australia and works for High and Wild and the Australian School of Mountaineering, guiding canyoning, rock climbing, mountaineering, abseiling and nature walks. He is the great-great-grandson of Charles Darwin.[2]

Biography[edit]

Darwin was born in 1961 in London. He is the son of George Erasmus Darwin, a metallurgist, known as "Erasmus", and his wife Shuna (née Service). He has an older brother Robert George Darwin and a younger sister, Sarah Vogel. He is descended from Charles Darwin via Charles's son George Howard Darwin (1845-1912); his son William Robert Darwin (1894-1970), a stockbroker, and his wife Sarah Monica (née Slingsby) were the parents of George Erasmus Darwin (1927-).[3]

Ironically, given his famous ancestor, Darwin struggled with biology in his school years, failing the biology A-level. He later graduated from Oxford Polytechnic (latterly Oxford Brookes University) with a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology and Geography. In 1983 he started London’s first bicycle rickshaw taxi service, and in 1984 was official photographer and assistant organiser for the first Round Britain Windsurf Expedition.[4] He worked in advertising and television commercial production in the United Kingdom before emigrating to Australia in 1986.[2]

In 1991, he co-authored (with John Amy) the book The Social Climbers. In 1995, he co-edited (also with John Amy), The Ultimate Australian Adventure Guide.[5] Darwin is married to Jacqui and has three children, Ali, Erasmus (Ras), and Monty.[6] They live in the Blue Mountains west of Sydney, New South Wales, where Chris works as a nature tour guide.[citation needed]

Charitable work[edit]

Darwin co-authored (with John Amy) the book The Social Climbers.[7] Written about a 1989 event in which Darwin and a group of seven other friends held a dinner party on top of Mount Huascaran in Peru, the book raised money for the National Heart Foundation. The dinner party itself set a world record for the "highest formal dinner party on Earth."[8][9]

In 2003, Darwin made a donation to the Bush Heritage Australia charity to help purchase the Charles Darwin Reserve in Western Australia.[10][11] The 65,000 hectare reserve is intended to preserve plant species.

In 2009 he became an ambassador for Bush Heritage Australia.[12]

Public appearances and opinions[edit]

In 2005 Chris, along with other descendants of Charles Darwin, including his father, sister, and various cousins, were involved in counting the flowers at Down House.[13] He was also the guest of honour at a dinner celebrating the Darwin bicentenary at Melbourne Museum.[14]

Darwin believes that teaching children creationism is acceptable, despite his own lack of religious faith. He believes that it is "important that children think through what is told to them and come to their own conclusions."[15]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Burke's Landed Gentry: Darwin, formerly of Downe [1]
  2. ^ a b Darwin descendant drops in for talks
  3. ^ https://genographic.nationalgeographic.com/genographic/lan/en/darwin.html
  4. ^ http://riaus.org.au/programs/presenters/
  5. ^ C Darwin and J Amy,1995, The Ultimate Australian Adventure Guide, Pan Macmillan, Sydney, ISBN 0-330-35609-7
  6. ^ "natural selection: regret turns to blooming marvel for Darwin". [dead link]
  7. ^ C Darwin and J Amy, 1991.The Social Climbers, Pan Macmillan, Sydney, ISBN 0-7251-0680-8
  8. ^ Monge-Nájera, Julián (1995). ABC de la evolución. EUNED. p. 58. ISBN 9977-64-822-0. 
  9. ^ "Mouth-watering challenge". Epping Forest Guardian. 21 September 2007. Retrieved 2011-05-31. 
  10. ^ "Fulfilling Darwin's last wish: the preservation of the species". The Sydney Morning Herald. 
  11. ^ Charles Darwin - Bush Heritage Australia
  12. ^ https://www.bushheritage.org.au/downloads/media/090605_Chris_Darwin_becomes_BHA_ambassador.pdf
  13. ^ "Darwin family repeat flower count". BBC News. 7 June 2005. 
  14. ^ "Melbourne Museum to eat its words". The Age (Melbourne). 12 February 2009. 
  15. ^ "What you need to know". The Sunday Mail (Qld). 4 July 2010.