Where in the world did Darwin conduct most of his work?
Charles Darwin conducted most of his work collecting and studying fossils on board the HMS Beagle, as it traveled along the South American coastline. The voyage lasted almost five years, and after returning, Darwin continued his work in London.
Darwin wrote a lot of letters in his discovery-adventure, finding the secrets of his new hypothesis: Natural Selection. He gained insight from scientists, naturalists and biologists all over the world. Help would have been most welcome from Gregor Mendel, giving Darwin insight into non-blending genetics. But Darwin perhaps knew nothing of Mendel's work. What 'helped' Darwin quite a lot was a letter from Wallace, delineating a discovery of Wallace that was pretty much the same…
In 1858, Darwin received a short essay from Alfred Russel Wallace, a fellow naturalist who had been doing field work in Malaysia. Summarized in his essay was thoughts on evolutionary change that Darwin had been mulling over for almost 25 years! Suddenly, Darwin had n incentive to publish his own work.
I'm not certain that Wallace was sidelined; he was more of a field biologist that Darwin - apart from Darwin's voyage on the Beagle. Darwin's publications before his work on natural selection had made Darwin very well known and celebrated. Wallace, was pleased to be associated with Darwin and without Darwin, the theory of Natural Selection would not have been taken so seriously. Darwin's publication of Origin of the Species sealed his fame; it became…
Unfortunately not. Darwin's idea of how offspring inherited characteristics was wholly mistaken, Mendel's work would have been very useful support for Darwin's work but although Mendel sent a copy of his paper to Darwin, it was in German and Darwin didn't have it translated and so didn't realise it's importance.
He did not influence Darwin and Darwin did not know who he was. Darwin's ' blending theory of inheritance ' was wrong and though Darwin did not particularly like the theory he could think of nothing better to explain inheritance. There is a legend that Darwin had a copy of Mendel's work in his desk but could not read it because it was in German. Just a legend, though.
Mendel works in year 1886, it is the same era of time when Darwin was doing his work on evoloution or natural selection. At that time Darwin theory was the second most famous after BIBLE so Mendel work was left unrecognized but was again redicovered by some scientist after 100 years. The second reason behind this is that Mendel research was more beyond the understanding of common man of that time