Archivists, librarians, historians of science and those interested in the life and work of Charles Darwin will want to attend the upcoming Case Western Reserve University Year of Darwin event to be held in the Kelvin Smith Library O’Neill Reading Room on April 1st, 2009. In conjunction with The Institute for the Science of Origins at CWRU, KSL will host the founder and Director of Darwin Online, Dr. John van Wyhe. His presentation entitled “Charles Darwin: The True Story” is free and open to the public.
John van Wyhe is a historian of science at the University of Cambridge, the Bye-Fellow of Christ’s College (Darwin’s own college) and a member of the British Society for the History of Science. Begun in 2002, Darwin Online is the largest and most widely used Darwin resource ever created including complete publications, private papers, and hundreds of supplementary works. Vast in size and easy to use, this digital resource has provided Darwin scholars with new avenues of approach to their research; not the least of which is Dr. Van Wyhe’s recent challenge to the long-held view that Darwin held back or kept his theory secret for 20 years (Darwin’s delay).