Charles Darwin 1871

Charles Darwin 1871

Charles Darwin’s Journey

At the age of 23, Charles Darwin set sail on a journey that would transform his life and our view of the natural world. His life experiences provide many stories that can inform, delight and challenge. The world of 19th century Victorian England was not the staid, tightly controlled society that is sometimes portrayed. It was a world of revolutionary changes in social structures, turbulent debates in religious beliefs, and the birth of the sciences we know today. Charles Darwin was a central player in many of these changes. Through it all he was also a dedicated father and husband whose family life was by turns touching and tragic.

Invite Mr. Darwin to your classroom, museum, church meeting or event

Invite Mr. Darwin for a visit so he can share his experiences with you and your students or guests. As portrayed by Prof. Kenneth Noll, Mr. Darwin can make a presentation to your group or chat informally and answer your questions. He can even mingle and carry on conversations one-on-one. Whatever format suits your situation.

Click on the tabs above to choose a topic for your event. You can choose from topics in science, history, social sciences, and geography. You may also discuss a topic of your choice with Prof. Noll.

To arrange a visit by Mr. Darwin, contact Prof. Noll at the address below.

Upcoming Darwin Presentations

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Prof. Kenneth Noll portrays Mr. Darwin. He has been a Professor of Microbiology in the Department of Molecular and Cell Biology at the University of Connecticut since 1990. His area of research is the evolution of bacteria that grow at temperatures up to the boiling point of water. Like all bacteria, these organisms have shared traits with one another through the evolutionary process of gene exchange. High temperature microbes might be similar to the first life on Earth, so these studies can inform us about how life adapted to this new world.
Prof. Kenneth Noll

Darwin at Enfield High School, Enfield, CT

Noll as Darwin at Enfield HS
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Prof. Noll's portrayal of Charles Darwin is performed in association with the Connecticut State Museum of Natural History located on the campus of the University of Connecticut at Storrs, CT.
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