Re: Charles Freakin Darwin
How about Erasmus Darwin (grandfather of Charles).
Founded the Lunar Society with Matthew Boulton, Josiah Wedgwood, and James Watt. Studied biology, physics, chemistry, geology and meteorology.
Theory of evolution (1794)
The canal lift
The Ackermann linkage (found in the steering of most cars)
A copying machine
A speaking machine which could reproduce phones
The hydrolox rocket engine