Darwin, William Erasmus

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Darwin, William Erasmus Gender: M
born on 27 December 1839 at 09:30 (= 09:30 AM )
Place London, England, 51n30, 0w10
Timezone LMT m0w10 (is local mean time)
Data source
Quoted BC/BR
Rodden Rating AA
Collector: Scholfield
Astrology data s_su.18.gif s_capcol.18.gif 05°01' s_mo.18.gif s_libcol.18.gif 01°38 Asc.s_capcol.18.gif 27°12'

William Erasmus Darwin (with his father, Charles Darwin)


English banker and amateur photographer.

He is primarily notable as a subject of his father Charles Darwin's studies of infant psychology. During William's first three years his father kept a diary of gestures and facial expressions the infant made. The studies were part of Darwin's comparison between animal and human development, after he had already thoroughly studied orangutan babies at the London Zoo. Charles Darwin published his findings in the journal Mind in June 1877, in an article titled "A biographical sketch of an infant". The studies were also an influence behind his work The Expression of the Emotions in Man and Animals, published in 1872.

William was educated at Rugby School and Christ's College Cambridge, and later became a banker at Grant and Maddison's Union Banking Company in Southampton. In 1877 he married an American Sara Price Ashburner, no children. William was a great believer in university education being available to all, and championed the establishment of a university college in Southampton in 1902.

He died on 8 September 1914 at Sedbergh in Cumbria.

Link to Wikipedia biography



Source Notes

Sy Scholfield quotes the book, "Darwin" by Adrian Desmond and James R. Moore (Penguin UK, 1992): "A baby boy, Charles's 'little prince,' was born at 9:30 a.m. on 27 December."

On 6 August 2017 Scholfield upgraded the Rodden Rating to AA, citing father's 1839 record: "Decemb 27th. A boy born at 1/2 past 9.A.M." (The Correspondence of Charles Darwin: 1837-1843 edited by Frederick Burkhardt and Sydney Smith, Cambridge University Press, 1985, p. 434).


  • Vocation : Business : Banker/ Financier