Charles Darwin had great interest in science, but he was expected to become a pastor. Before going into this field, he had an opportunity to go on a trip around the world on a government-sponsored survey ship, the Beagle. The sailing ship didn’t give anyone much room, but wherever they stopped, Charles gathered many items of interest that he wanted to study. Most things were skinned or dried and sent back to England after careful notes and drawings were made. He noted all changes in plants, birds, and animals in different regions and habitats and theorized on what caused these changes. He spent most of his life reading, writing, experimenting and working on understanding the functions of the changes. He documented the importance of Natural Selection. He was also a loving family man who had great sadness in the loss of children and siblings and often suffered from illness himself. Through it all, he was a dedicated scientist.