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Surprising 7: Seven famous stutterers

Charles Darwin

Even Erasmus Darwin, the scientist who was the private doctor of King George V and the grandfather of Charles Darwin (1809 – 1882), who questioned the official ecclesiastic story of creation and laid down the foundation for evolution theory, had been a stutterer.

Although we know little of the speech impediment of the grandson, it is certain that his career as a scientist had not been affected by his stuttering, which only emerged in a very mild form. It had thus not been very difficult for Darwin to hide his problem from his conversation partners or his audience. If he became excited during a conversation, he often pronounced the first words of a sentence with a slight stutter, and he had the most trouble with words starting with the letter ‘w’.

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