‘Darwin's life’ details the life of Charles Darwin (1809–1882), using the wealth of biographical material available. Through his five-year circumnavigation of the globe on HMS Beagle that sparked his deep interest in natural history and geology, his friendship with Charles Lyell (the greatest geologist of the age), to the publication of The Origin of Species in 1859, some 20 twenty years after beginning work on the subject, the critical points of his life are described. Darwin suffered from ill health for much of his life and gave no public lectures on evolution. The revolutionary spread of the evolution concept was mainly due to his tenacious admirers such as T.H. Huxley.