Erasmus Robert Darwin FRS (12 December 1731 – 18 April 1802) was an English physician. One of the key thinkers of the Midlands Enlightenment, he was also a natural philosopher, physiologist, slave-trade abolitionist, inventor, and poet.
Erasmus Robert Darwin
12 December 1731
Elston Hall, Elston, Nottinghamshire
near Newark-on-Trent, England
|Died||18 April 1802 70) (aged|
|Resting place||All Saints Church, Breadsall|
|Relatives||See Darwin–Wedgwood family|
His poems included much natural history, including a statement of evolution and the relatedness of all forms of life.
He was a member of the Darwin–Wedgwood family, which includes his grandsons Charles Darwin and Francis Galton. Darwin was a founding member of the Lunar Society of Birmingham, a discussion group of pioneering industrialists and natural philosophers.
He turned down an invitation from George III to become Physician to the King.