Richard Milner, (author of Darwin’s Universe: Evolution from A to Z) is continuing to develop plans for a large Alfred Russel Wallace Centenary Project, to begin in 2013. He would love to hear about Wallace-inspired or influenced scholarly and scientific research projects, papers, and activities from biologists, historians of science, anthropologists, ethologists, prehistorians and archeologists, ethicists, theologians, philosophers, primatologists, and others, which might benefit from funding
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A beautiful small hand printed and hand bound book is currently being produced by Tim Preston (firstname.lastname@example.org) to mark next year's Wallace anniversary. Tim's day job is in magazine publishing, and his hobby is also publishing - using a mechanical Albion hand printing press, which dates from the 1870's (see photo below). Once the pages have been printed Tim will glue in all the illustrations and the books will then be professionally hand bound in cloth. Only 100 individually numbered copies will be produced and some have been reserved already.
Dr Tony Whitten the Asia Pacific Regional Director of Fauna & Flora International tells me that there have been a few cancellations on a cruise which he has helped to organise and that there are cabins available for half price to anyone who would like to go on the trip (rather than just to FFI members)!
Atlantis Films, a German company, is working on a docudrama about Wallace for release next year. It is called "Wallace - A Giant in Darwin's Shadow" and will be 53 minutes long. See http://www.atlantis-film.de/news/news for more information and for a trailer see http://vimeo.com/31046879 or below. It looks fairly good, but I did spot some errors in the trailer!
Historian of Science Dr John van Wyhe (University of Singapore), officially launched his Wallace Online website today - see http://wallace-online.org/ Wallace Online is the first complete edition of Wallace's published writings (22 books and over 900 articles). It also contains records of manuscript items compiled from several electronic catalogues, which means that these can be conveniently searched using a single interface.
The Wallace Memorial Fund has today sent out the Press Release below, appealing for funds for a magnificent and unique life-size bronze statue to commemorate the 100th anniversary of Wallace's death next year (7th November 2013). You can help the campaign in various ways e.g. by posting the text and images below on relevant websites and blogs, or telling potential donors about the campaign. Your help (in whatever way) would be very much appreciated. Wouldn't it be great to see the statue and think that you helped to make it a reality!
The Natural History Museum in London is coordinating Wallace100 and has just launched the Wallace100 home page - see http://www.nhm.ac.uk/nature-online/science-of-natural-history/wallace/index.html
There is also a Wallace100 events page - http://www.nhm.ac.uk/nature-online/science-of-natural-history/wallace/events/index.html
I have been asked by the Natural History Museum in London (where I work) to write posts for a blog designed to keep people up-to-date with the many exciting Wallace-related activities which are being planned by the Museum and others around the world to commemorate the 100th anniversary of Wallace's death in 2013 (a global celebration we are calling Wallace100).
The Wallace Fund is extremely grateful to Dr Alan Smith CBE, FRS for getting the campaign to raise funds for a life-size bronze statue of Wallace off to an excellent start with a very generous donation of £10,000 GBP. Alan believes, as we do, that Wallace provides an excellent role model for getting children interested in science. The statue will certainly help inspire the many children who will see it.
Anthropologist Richard Milner, (author of Darwin’s Universe: Evolution from A to Z) is developing plans for a large Alfred Russel Wallace Centenary Project, to begin in 2013, the hundredth anniversary of the great naturalist’s death, for which he is seeking funding from the John Templeton Foundation and possibly other sources.