Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.shpsc.2013.03.022
Title: "My appointment received the sanction of the Admiralty": Why Charles Darwin really was the naturalist on HMS Beagle
Authors: Van Wyhe, J 
Keywords: Charles Darwin
HMS Beagle
Naturalist
Biological Evolution
England
Famous Persons
History, 19th Century
Natural History
Issue Date: 1-Sep-2013
Publisher: Elsevier BV
Citation: Van Wyhe, J (2013-09-01). "My appointment received the sanction of the Admiralty": Why Charles Darwin really was the naturalist on HMS Beagle. Studies in History and Philosophy of Science Part C :Studies in History and Philosophy of Biological and Biomedical Sciences 44 (3) : 316-326. ScholarBank@NUS Repository. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.shpsc.2013.03.022
Abstract: For decades historians of science and science writers in general have maintained that Charles Darwin was not the 'naturalist' or 'official naturalist' during the 1831-1836 surveying voyage of HMS Beagle but instead Captain Robert FitzRoy's 'companion', 'gentleman companion' or 'dining companion'. That is, Darwin was primarily the captain's social companion and only secondarily and unofficially naturalist. Instead, it is usually maintained, the ship's surgeon Robert McCormick was the official naturalist because this was the default or official practice at the time. Although these views have been repeated in countless accounts of Darwin's life, this essay aims to show that they are incorrect. © 2013 Elsevier Ltd.
Source Title: Studies in History and Philosophy of Science Part C :Studies in History and Philosophy of Biological and Biomedical Sciences
URI: https://scholarbank.nus.edu.sg/handle/10635/229167
ISSN: 13698486
18792499
DOI: 10.1016/j.shpsc.2013.03.022
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