Darwin, Erasmus


1731–1802 British physician and scientist who put forward the idea of biological evolution and elucidated plant nutrition and photosynthesis.

Keywords: evolution; zoonomia; natural selection; photosynthesis; phytologia; common descent

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Erasmus Darwin (1731–1802).


Further Reading

Darwin E (1794–1796) Zoonomia; or, the Laws of Organic Life, vols 1 and 2. London: J Johnson.

Darwin E (1800) Phytologia; or, the Philosophy of Agriculture and Gardening. London: J Johnson.

Darwin E (1803) The Temple of Nature; or, the Origin of Society. London: J Johnson.

Darwin C (1887) The Life of Erasmus Darwin, 2nd edn. London: John Murray.

King‐Hele D (1999) Erasmus Darwin: a Life of Unequalled Achievement. London: de la Mare.

Seward A (1804) Memoirs of the Life of Dr Darwin. London: J Johnson.

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King‐Hele, Desmond(May 2001) Darwin, Erasmus. In: eLS. John Wiley & Sons Ltd, Chichester. http://www.els.net [doi: 10.1038/npg.els.0002400]