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Morning Tea with Mr. Darwin: Big Man on Campus

Saturday, October 28, 2017
10:00am – 11:00am

Storrs Campus
Biology/Physics Building, Room 130

The Connecticut State Museum of Natural History at UConn presents “Morning Tea with Mr. Darwin: Big Man on Campus.” The lecture will be held on Saturday, October 28, 10 am at the Biology/Physics Building, Room 130, UConn.

Charles Darwin graduated from the University of Cambridge in 1831, tenth in the list of 178 of those obtaining an ordinary degree. He was not a stellar student and later commented that “my time was sadly wasted there.” Along with a failed stint in a medical school education at the University of Edinburgh and an underwhelming performance at boarding school, it was clear that formal education was not his forte. As he said of his early education, “The school as a means of education to me was simply a blank.” How did such a lackluster student turn out to be the most influential scientist of his era? How did he manage to create for himself a path to a successful career as a scientist? How did schools and universities in his time compare to those today? What can we learn from his experience about how to navigate today’s difficult career environment? Find out as Mr. Darwin himself tells stories of his school days, from his childhood until his big break, a trip around the world on the HMS Beagle. Did that life-changing opportunity fall into his lap, or did he help to create the opportunity through his ability to network and impress influential people? Join us for this exploration of Darwin’s world. Mr. Darwin will be portrayed by professor Kenneth Noll of UConn’s Department of Molecular and Cell Biology.

This program is free and advanced registration is not required. To contact the Museum, visit or call 860-486-4460.


Connecticut State Museum of Natural History (primary), Molecular and Cell Biology, Office of Public Engagement, UConn Master Calendar

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