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Sir George Howard Darwin

Sir George Howard Darwin

Male 1845 - 1912  (67 years)

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  • Name George Howard Darwin 
    Title Sir 
    Born 9 Jul 1845 
    Gender Male 
    Died 7 Dec 1912 
    Person ID I14823  My Relatives
    Last Modified 10 Oct 2018 

    Father Charles Robert Darwin,   b. 12 Feb 1809,   d. 19 Apr 1882  (Age 73 years) 
    Relationship natural 
    Family ID F5558  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Martha Du Puy,   b. Abt 1850 
    Children 
     1. Elizabeth Darwin,   b. 1890,   d. 1974  (Age 84 years)  [natural]
    Last Modified 10 Oct 2018 
    Family ID F5556  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Notes 
    • a British astronomer and mathematician, the second son and fifth child of Charles and Emma Darwin.

      He was born at Down House. He studied under Charles Pritchard, went on to study at Cambridge University, where his tutor was Edward John Routh, was admitted to the bar, but returned to science. In 1883 he became Plumian Professor of Astronomy and Experimental Philosophy at Cambridge University.

      He studied tidal forces involving the Sun, Moon, and Earth, and formulated the fission theory of Moon formation. [1]

      He won the Gold Medal of the Royal Astronomical Society in 1892, and also later served as president of that organization.

      Darwin married Martha (Maud) du Puy of Philadelphia. They had two sons and two daughters:

      Gwen Raverat (1885-1957), artist.
      Charles Galton Darwin (1887-1962), physicist.
      Margaret Elizabeth Darwin (1890-1974), married Sir Geoffrey Keynes.
      William Robert Darwin (1894-?)