Dr Erasmus Darwin FRS
(1731-1802)

Died aged c. 71

Erasmus Darwin (12 December 1731 – 18 April 1802) was an English physician. One of the key thinkers of the Midlands Enlightenment, he was also a natural philosopher, physiologist, slave-trade abolitionist, inventor and poet. His poems included much natural history, including a statement of evolution and the relatedness of all forms of life. He was a member of the Darwin–Wedgwood family, which includes his grandsons Charles Darwin and Francis Galton. Darwin was a founding member of the Lunar Society of Birmingham, a discussion group of pioneering industrialists and natural philosophers. He turned down an invitation of George III's to become a physician to the King. Erasmus Darwin House, his home in Lichfield, is now a museum dedicated to Erasmus Darwin and his life's work. A school in nearby Chasetown recently converted to Academy status and is now known as Erasmus Darwin Academy.

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Commemorated on 2 plaques

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The residence of Erasmus Darwin MD FRS born 1731 (from 1756 to 1781.) died 1802. Author of "The Botanic Garden" &c.

Beacon St, Lichfield, United Kingdom where they lived (1756-1781)

Erasmus Darwin 1731 - 1802 Lichfield Resident 1756-1781 Physician, Scientist, Poet, Inventor The Grandfather of Evolution

Statue of Erasmus Darwin, Museum Gardens, Beacon Park, Lichfield, United Kingdom where they lived near (1756-1781)