Nick.391 asked in Arts & HumanitiesHistory · 1 decade ago

How come Charles Robert Darwin never received a knighthood?

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  • Will
    Lv 7
    1 decade ago
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    You must remember that Queen Victoria was not only the head of state, she was also the head of the Church of England. As Darwin's theories were denounced by leading churchmen, it would have been virtually impossible for the Queen to have honoured him. He was simply too controversial at the time.

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  • 1 decade ago

    It was not common in the 19thC to knight men outside the service of the Crown. Soldiers and sailors who had done well and politicians or civil servants were knighted or even ennobled; the fashion for ladling out honours to entertainers, academics and sportsmen is comparatively recent.

    Controversy had nothing to do with it. Some of the political and military figures who were promoted to a K or even a peerage were, in their way, just as controversial. Simply, academics and scientists did not expect, and did not get, that type of recognition.

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  • NC
    Lv 7
    1 decade ago

    Church of England made sure of that. Many of its notable members (both clergymen and laymen) were openly hostile to Darwin.

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  • 1 decade ago

    And of course, you already knew these answers.

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