Charles Robert Darwin and Argentina's National Academy of Sciences

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Fabiola Stefania Olave


Over 175 years ago Charles Robert Darwin arrived in Argentina to find a bare and boundless plain, the brave centaur called "gaucho", Quaternary fossils everywhere, and a society strikingly strange and aggressive to the British eyes of the young traveller. Although the voyage aboard HMS Beagle was the indispensable way towards increasing his stature as a biologist, Lyell's work awakened an inquisitive geological mind which allowed him to wonder at the splendour of the Andes. Forty-two years after having concluded his voyage on the Beagle, the National Academy of Sciences of Argentina appointed him as an Honorary Member. This must be interpreted as an early gesture of recognition -in the context of those times- to the magnificence of his scientific work.

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Depetris, P. J. (2009). Charles Robert Darwin and Argentina’s National Academy of Sciences. Revista De La Asociación Geológica Argentina, 64(1), 8-12. Retrieved from