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Darwin ‘liked expensive shoes’

By Richard van der Draay     Mar 25, 2009 in Science
The famous biologist Charles Darwin spent more money on expensive shoes than he did on books during his time as a student.
This has come to light after perusing the personal bookkeeping records of the world famous British biologist.
Historians at the University of Cambridge recently found the financial records and made some remarkable discoveries pertaining to the daily life of the student Charles Darwin. The Telegraph reported the findings on Monday.
The records show among other things that the scientist, whose theory of evolution would make him immortal, led the life of a proper dandy during his time at Christ’s College.
The young Darwin paid people to do chores for him, such as lighting the fire or polishing his expensive shoes.
A spokesperson for the university stated that the find clears up many hiatuses in the knowledge about the life of Darwin during his student years.
The time he spent at Cambridge between 1828 and 1831 is one of the most important phases in his life but is also the period about which we have very little information.
2009 is Darwin Year in commemoration of Darwin’s most famous work ‘On the Origin of Species’, published 150 years ago. It is also two hundred years since the biologists was born in Shrewsbury in England.
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