John Edmonstone: The Man Who Trained Darwin


John Edmonstone and Charles Darwin preparing birds. ‘In the Workshop of Taxidermist’ by Viktor Yevstafiev, 1948. State Darwin Museum, Moscow

<p>Born into slavery in the 1700s, John Edmonstone gained his freedom in 1817 and moved to Edinburgh, where he stuffed birds for the Natural Museum and taught taxidermy to a young Charles Darwin. Tune in to learn more about the life and times of the man who not only taught Charles Darwin, but inspired him to explore the planet and, eventually, produce groundbreaking science that would forever change the way we think of the natural world.</p>