|Sedgwick Museum, Cambridge, England photo from the Museum website.|
It is Adam Sedgwick who is the link to Charles Darwin. Born in 1785, the son of a Dent, Yorkshire, vicar, he was educated at Sedburgh School and Trinity College Cambridge, eventually becoming Woodwardian Professor of Geology in 1818, a position he held until his death in 1873.
A leading geologist of his day, one of his geology students was a young Charles Darwin who, in 1831, accompanied him on a trip into Wales. They corresponded while Darwin was on the Beagle Expedition and afterwards. Sedgwick never accepted the case for evolution made in Darwin's book On the Origin of the Species in 1859. After reading the book he wrote to Darwin saying;
'If I did not think you a good tempered & truth loving man I should not tell you that.... I have read your book with more pain than pleasure. Parts of it I admire greatly; parts I laughed at until my sides were almost sore; other parts I read with absolute sorrow; because I think them utterly false & grievously mischievous - You have deserted - after a start in that tram-road of all solid physical truth - the true method of induction - & started up a machinery as wild, I think, as Bishop Wilkins' locomotive that was to sail with us to the Moon'. Despite this difference of opinion, the two remained friends until Sedgwick's death.
The Sedgwick Museum in Cambridge, opened in 1903, contains a number of Darwin artifacts including rocks collected on the Beagle voyage as well as notebooks, scientific instruments and his pistol."