Darwin Day Lecture: George Beccaloni - Alfred Russel Wallace and Natural Selection: the Real Story

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    George Beccaloni, Director of the A. R. Wallace Correspondence Project, 

    Alfred Russel Wallace and Natural Selection: the Real Story

    "Alfred Russel Wallace (1823 - 1913), one of the greatest scientists of all time. His seminal contributions to biology rival those of his friend and colleague Charles Darwin, though he is far less well known. Together Wallace and Darwin proposed the theory of evolution by natural selection in 1858, and their prolific subsequent work laid the foundations of modern evolutionary biology - and much more besides.

    "Wallace's extraordinary quest to understand how evolution works is not very well known. Many seem to think that he discovered natural selection by chance, but this is very far from the truth.

    "This talk charts the development of Wallace's ideas about evolution, from his early life in Neath in Wales where he first became interested in the subject, through his four year expedition to the Amazon (which ended with the destruction of his irreplaceable specimens and notes), to his epic eight year journey around the Malay Archipelago where he finally discovered the process which drives the evolution of life on planet Earth."

    Plaque commemorating A R Wallace and H W Bates, New Walk Museum, Leicester
    Plaque commemorating A R Wallace and H W Bates, New Walk Museum, Leicester