Perhaps no theory today is better known—or more controversial—than the theory of evolution. And we have one man to thank for that: Charles Darwin. Darwin wrote The Origin of Species, one of the most influential scientific works of all time that also paved the way for modern biology. But there is a lot more to the man himself.
1. He was born on February 12, 1809. In and of itself, this is not particularly noteworthy, but Darwin does share his birthday with another prominent historical figure – Abraham Lincoln.