I came across two letters by Raymond Holbrook Arnot (1874 - 1948) who was an attorney in Rochester, USA. Arnot was interested in history and was a president of the Rochester Historical Society. He was also interested in science and in the late 1890's was the president of the "Alfred Russel Wallace Scientific Club of Rochester", which Wallace was the Patron of! I had never heard about this club until I read these letters and I can't find out anything more about it. When Arnot wrote to Wallace in 1898 and 1899 the club had more than 50 members. I wonder what happened to it?
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Annual A.R. Wallace Lecture 2014
Wednesday 30th July 2014
Flett Events Theatre, Natural History Museum, South Kensington, London, UK
Indefatigable Naturalists: Wallace and Darwin on the Evolutionary Trail
Dr Jim Costa (Executive Director, Highlands Biological Station, Highlands, NC, USA and Professor of Biology, Western Carolina University, Cullowhee, NC, USA)
I recently noticed that Wallace's annotated copy of the "Report on the scientific results of the voyage of H.M.S. Challenger during the years 1873-76. Deep-sea deposits" is for sale on the Internet - see it HERE.
Amber Beavis of the Western Australian Museum, sent me two pics of an excellent cake she made for Darwin Day 2014.
By Alan Leyin (Thurrock Local History Society, Grays, Essex, UK).
Version 3, October 2014
In an earlier post on this blog I mentioned that the Hertford Civic Society in conjunction with East Herts Council and Hertford Town Council have commissioned sculptor Rodney Munday to produce a large wall relief of Wallace, who received his only formal education at Hertford Grammar School (now named Richard Hale School). The finished work will be 2m high and it will be installed on an external wall of Hertford Theatre later this year.
I thought some readers might be interested in how much usage this website gets, so here is a Google Analytics report on usage from 1st Jan 2013 to 27th April 2014. I haven't investigated the possible causes of all the peaks in 2013 (Wallace's death centenary year), but the one in November was around the actual anniversary date - 7th November.
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.
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.