Wallace's frosted silver Royal Medal. Copyright Wallace Memorial Fund
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Alan Leyin, Thurrock Local History Society, Grays, Essex. UK
Touching lightly upon the subject, the popular historian, A. N. Wilson, refers to the ‘Wallace-Darwin theory’ of evolution through natural selection (Wilson, 2002; p225). By switching around the names – in true revisionist mode – the author undoubtedly makes a point, based on his own interpretation of the historical tale.
Alfred Russel Wallace and public engagement: alienating the enthusiast
Alan Leyin, Thurrock Local History Society, Grays, Essex, UK
In September 2014 my wife Jan and I led a very enjoyable, interesting and successful (!!) three week tour to key Wallace-related places in the Malay Archipelago.
By Tom McLaughlin
Ternate, Indonesia – As some of you know who have been following my commentaries, I have been on a search for Ali, the assistant to Alfred Wallace, the great adventurer who, in 1858, published the Ternate paper.
This paper, along with those of Charles Darwin, was the beginning of evolution in science. It is stated in the Malay Archipelago that Ali married and later moved to Ternate. While here I hired a car and driver to find him.
On Saturday October 18 a wonderful new sculpture of Wallace was unveiled in Hertford, UK, the town where Wallace went to school. It was created by talented local sculptor Rodney Munday who had won a public competition to produce the work.
The sculpture was the brainchild of Hertford Civic Society and Malcolm Ramsay of the Society oversaw the project from beginning to end.
Alfred Russel Wallace in the Malay Archipelago – The Singapore Statue Campaign
By Barry Clarke