I’m an amateur naturalist (my day job is as a software engineer), and this is a blog for, mostly, my natural history observations.

Who’s Henslow?

Reverend John Stevens Henslow was professor of mineralogy and botany at Cambridge University in the 1820s and 1830s. He brought his students out in the field to observe first-hand the phenomena they were studying. Among them was a young Charles Darwin; in time Darwin became known as “the man who walks with Henslow” and it was Henslow’s recommendation for the position of companion to Captain Fitzroy of HMS Beagle that led to Darwin’s voyage around the world.

“Walking with Henslow” (for me at least) stands for getting out and seeing things in nature, and learning how they fit into the big picture.

(Henslow is also the name of a stuffed ankylosaurus wearing cargo shorts and a Tilley hat that my wife gave me. He’s the perfect parson naturalist dinosaur!)



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