The Welsh newspaper Western Mail published a nice article today about the sale of the house that Wallace was born in - see http://www.walesonline.co.uk/news/wales-news/2010/02/18/call-for-national-trust-to-buy-scientist-wallace-s-home-91466-25858285/
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In October 2009 Wallace's grandson Alfred John Russel Wallace discovered an important collection of documents which had belonged to his illustrious grandfather in the attic of his house. The majority of these were generously donated to the Natural History Museum's Wallace Family Archive, which already has most of the documents which the grandsons inherited from Wallace via their father William (this large collection was purchased by the NHM from the family in 2002).
Alfred Russel Wallace will at long last be featured on a Royal Mail stamp! His friend and colleague Darwin has of course appeared on countless stamps (most of which were published this year), but Wallace, the co-discoverer of evolution by natural selection, has only once been featured on a set of stamps and that was issued by a country he never even visited (to see these stamps CLICK HERE)!
As mentioned in a post on this blog a few days ago, Fred Langford Edward's exhibition "Alfred Russel Wallace: The Forgotten Evolutionist" is currently on display in Cambridge University's Zoology Museum. It is on until the 8th February 2010 and admission is free, so please do try to visit.
You Should Ask Wallace
A unique, interactive, one-man show about the inspirational man, Alfred Russel Wallace, the co-discoverer of Natural Selection.
A R Wallace – The Forgotten Evolutionist
An exhibition by Fred Langford Edwards.
5th November 2009 – 8th February 2010.
University Museum of Zoology, Cambridge University, UK
For more information see http://www.zoo.cam.ac.uk/museum/events/
The Natural History Museum (London, UK) has just put two videos I 'starred' in on its website - see http://www.nhm.ac.uk/nature-online/science-of-natural-history/biographies/wallace/index.html [Wallace] and http://www.nhm.ac.uk/nature-online/science-of-natural-history/biographies/charles-darwin/index.html [Darwin]
I have just seen that the book I edited last year with Charles Smith (Natural Selection and Beyond: The Intellectual Legacy of Alfred Russel Wallace) is now on Google Books and quite a lot of the text is available. Click HERE to see the book.
Another of the plaques produced by the Wallace Fund has been unveiled - this time in Broadstone, Dorset, the town where Wallace built his house Old Orchard and where he died in 1913. The following article was copied from the Bournemouth Daily Echo website (http://www.bournemouthecho.co.uk/news/4571490.Plaque_marks_links_of_evolution_pioneer/):
Plaque marks links of evolution pioneer
7:00pm Friday 28th August 2009