Wallace scholar Charles Smith has just published a nice little article in the latest edition of The Linnean (vol. 30, no. 1) which convincingly refutes the unfounded assertions relating to Wallace's "fame and respect" made by Darwin historian John van Wyhe in the new Cambridge Encyclopedia of Darwin and Evolutionary Thought.
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Trouble With Tiger Beetles: Singapore Science Centre’s Wallace Exhibition Spreads Tiger Beetle Myth
By George Beccaloni
Prof. Indraneil Das, an ecologist and herpetologist with an interest in philately who works at the University of Malaysia Sarawak, recently sent me a copy of an interesting poster which he and a colleague produced for the recent Wallace conference in Sarawak about postage stamps featuring Wallace. Neil has kindly agreed that I can share it on this website - please see below.
Happy 191st Birthday Wallace - you've had a busy year!!
Wallace on his 80th birthday - 8th January 1903
Tony Whitten, Asia-Pacific Regional Director of Fauna & Flora International and leader of the 'In the Wake of Wallace' cruise has sent us an account of the Wallace centenary celebrations in the town from which Wallace sent his world-changing letter to Charles Darwin on the mechanism of evolution:
A new sculpture of Wallace is to be made for the town of Hertford where Wallace went to school. Sculptor Rodney Munday has been awarded the commission to produce the piece and he has sent me the following article which explains the project:
I had been looking forward to reading John van Wyhe and Kees Rookmaaker's new book Alfred Russel Wallace: Letters from the Malay Archipelago as the adverts for it state that it contains "recently discovered letters".
Biodiversity Heritage Library's (BHL) digital campaign celebrating the life of Alfred Russel Wallace will run over the course of next week, Nov 4-8. The BHL is a digital library project dedicated to providing open access to the world's legacy biodiversity literature and thus have some of Wallace's works in their collection, see http://biodiversitylibrary.org/creator/1522#/titles.
The BEST film ever made about Wallace has just been made available on YouTube - the first time it has been made publicly available since it was broadcast by the BBC as part of its 'The World About Us' series back in 1983. It is called 'The Forgotten Voyage' and everyone who is interested in Wallace should watch it.
Flett Lecture Theatre, Natural History Museum, London
7 November 2013 (The 100th anniversary of Wallace's
Time: 17:30 - 18:30
To commemorate the centenary of Wallace's death, Sir David Attenborough will
give a lecture at the Museum about Wallace's passion for birds of paradise.
Wallace studied the birds during his travels in the Malay Archipelago between
1854 and 1862.