Darwin Day is celebrated across the world on the occasion of birth anniversary of Charles Darwin. This day honors his life and contributions to science and also to promote science in general.
Who is Charles Darwin?
He was an English naturalist and geologist, born on 12th February 1805 in England and died on 19 April 1882 at the age of 73. He is famous for his theory of evolution. His immense intellectual bravery, a perpetual curiosity and a ravenous hunger for truth in an attempt to understand origins of modern life inspire us. The world was unaware of how we were formed and why are we like this now. Our secret of origin was hidden and finally, this man came to lift it up. Darwin’s remarkable impact on biology, cosmology and scientific process can’t be ignored and will be remembered for forever.
He wrote his theory of evolution in his book Origin Of Species. He depicted his theory via genetic variation and natural selection for which he is appreciated still now.
International Darwin Day
The organized movement to establish an annual International Darwin Day Celebration began with three Darwin enthusiasts:
- Dr. Robert Stephens, who motivated the Humanist Community in Silicon Valley to initiate an annual Darwin Day Celebration in 1995;
- Prof. Massimo Pigliucci, who similarly organized annual Darwin Day events at the University of Tennessee beginning in 1997; and
- Amanda Chesworth, who joined Stephens to officially incorporate the Darwin Day Program in New Mexico in 2000.
In anticipation of Darwin’s bicentennial birthday on Feb 12th, 2009, the Darwin Day Celebration paired with the American Humanist Association to support the growth of Darwin Day activities. The American Humanist Association remains the lead agency charged with amplifying the International Darwin Day Foundation’s call for celebration, activism, and international cooperation for the advancement of science, education, and human well-being.
Darwin day will inspire people to have intellectual bravery and immense curiosity to discover something hidden and lift up the truth. It’ll be a day of celebration, activism, and international cooperation for progress of science, education and human well-being.