Natural History Museum marks centenary of Alfred Russel Wallace

Date Posted: 17/12/2012

Pictured: Alfred Russel Wallace’s insects – a rare personal collection by Wallace from Southeast Asia in 1854-1862. Wallace co-discovered the theory of evolution by natural selection with Charles Darwin and kept very few of the specimens he collected (Photo credit: copyright Natural History Museum).

Group travel organisers can take parties to see the new Wallace100 exhibition at the Natural History Museum in London from 24th January.

Next year marks 100 years since the death of Alfred Russel Wallace (1823–1913), the often overlooked co-discoverer of the process of evolution by natural selection.

He and Charles Darwin published the scientific article that first proposed the theory in 1858, one year before Darwin’s book <i>On the Origin of Species</i> came out.

As the home of the world’s largest collection of Wallace’s specimens and manuscripts, the Natural History Museum is launching a programme of events, running alongside the exhibition, to mark this significant anniversary.

Comedian and naturalist Bill Bailey will unveil a portrait of Wallace in the museum’s iconic Central Hall, near the statue of Darwin to mark the opening of the exhibition.

A programme of events to mark Wallace’s centenary

Alongside a plethora of family-orientated events, groups can attend monthly lectures about Wallace’s life and work by leading biologists and historians. The lecture series opens on 7th  February, with Professor Steve Jones.

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