Charles was born into a large and successful family with a history of achievement

Charles was born into a large and successful family with a history of achievement

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Charles was born into a large and successful family with a history of achievement. On  the Darwin side, his father Robert and grandfather Erasmus were well-respected  physicians. On his mother's side, the Wedgwood family had built a respectable estate  on the basis of Josiah Wedgwood's successful pottery business. Erasmus Darwin, Charles's grandfather, was a physician, poet and biologist. He studied  medicine at the University of Cambridge, took additional courses at the University of  Edinburgh in Scotland, and then set up a successful medical practice in Lichfield. Later  in life, after his first wife died and he remarried and moved to Derby, he turned away  from medicine and towards science and poetry. He was most renowned for his long  poem on life,  Zoonomia  (1794, 1796), and for his poetry on botany (e.g.  The Loves of  the Plants ), which, though now mostly forgotten, was quite popular in its time. 
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