1840 portrait of Charles Darwin, age 31, by George Richmond.
Darwin's 200th Birthday will occur on February 12, 2009; it will also be the 150th Anniversary of the publication of his famous book On The Origin of Species. The day has been chosen for an International Celebration to show appreciation for Darwin and for his achievements.
Project “Darwin2,” commemorating Darwin’s famous voyage of the Beagle (1831-1836), is under way. The enterprise is one of the initiatives of Darwin Day promoted by the Natural History Museum and ADM in Milan. It is sponsored by WWF and ICOM (International Council of Museums -- UNESCO).
The Charles Darwin Foundation, founded in 1959, under the auspices of UNESCO and other international organizations, is dedicated to the conservation of the Galapagos ecosystems. The Foundation operates the Charles Darwin Research Station in the Galapagos Islands to conduct scientific research and environmental education for conservation. The Station has a team of over one hundred scientists, educators, volunteers, research students and support staff from all over the world.