Erasmus Darwin

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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.  Zoonomia  is of particular interest because it contains a long section on the evolution of species  that foreshadows the theory that was to bring Erasmus's grandson Charles renown  some seventy years later. Robert Darwin, Charles's father, was born in 1766. He was an enormous man both 
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