How many years ago?
Newton was born in 1648. Sir Thomas More was born in 1478. And Oscar Wilde? Practically a modern man, at 1854-1900. None of the qualify for having a 200th anniversary in 2009.
On the eve of his 200th birthday in 2009 the Church of England offered him "an apology for misunderstanding you."
More and Newton way predate the C of E - I'm startled any of them thought More was only 200 years ago, in fact. And I rather doubt the church is going to apologize to Wilde - unlike the Episcopal Church of the USA, they're still pretty anti gay (just last month they ruled out even blessing same-sex marriage even as the UK moves toward marriage equality). So even though he was closest time-wise, he's probably the worst choice.
I'm kind of surprised these college students didn't remember - though it was four years ago now, and they'd have all still been in high school.
It was Darwin, of course.