Today is Alfred Russel Wallace's 190th birthday. To celebrate I have written a piece about the magnificent portrait of him that was donated to the Museum to mark his 100th birthday in 1923 (left, sans party hat). Once it is buffed and polished, it will appear on this blog at lunchtime so, in the meantime, why not read the following two contrasting articles: one written to mark his 88th birthday, and one written for his 188th birthday.
This year will see unprecedented interest worldwide in Wallace - with several radio and TV programmes, about 10 books, museum exhibitions in 6 or 7 countries, five or so conferences, plus many other assorted events. What a great celebration of his life and work it will be! Keep an eye on our Wallace100 events diary throughout the year to find out what's happening.