Intrepid explorer, brilliant naturalist and remarkable intellectual, Alfred Russel Wallace co-discovered the process of evolution by natural selection with Charles Darwin.
Wallace100 is a celebration of his life and scientific legacy in 2013, the centenary of his death.
The Wallace Collection at the Natural History Museum contains thousands of letters, notebooks and documents, as well as 28 drawers of specimens collected by Wallace on epic trips to the Malay Archipelago and South America.
Organised according to different aspects of Wallace's life and interests, such as collecting, evolution, family and naturalist, the online collection also reveals the relationship between Wallace and Darwin.
Through his letters to family, friends and fellow scientists Wallace shared his love of the natural world and his ideas on how geography influences the distribution of species.
A committed socialist, Wallace supported nationalisation of land and improved working conditions. Perhaps unexpectedly, he also had a keen interest in spiritualism, which was a fashionable pursuit at the time.
Museum curator George Beccaloni discusses Wallace's work with Melvyn Bragg and other guests on In Our Time.
George Beccaloni and a team of fellow Wallace enthusiasts keep you in the loop with what's happening for Wallace100.
Read the latest blog posts below.
Friday 7 June saw Wallace enthusiasts descend on the University of Bournemouth for a one day conference on Wal...
Mon, 17 Jun 2013 14:31:13
Dates and times: Every day, 1 July - 23 November, 10.00-17.50 (last admission 17.30) This summer, take ti...
Thu, 13 Jun 2013 15:10:14
Explore over 3,800 letters written and received by Wallace, including iconic correspondence with Charles Darwin and other famous scientists, the first time these have all been made available in one place.
Together, they tell the story of Wallace’s life – from his adventures, discoveries and family life, to his interests and opinions – and reveal the kind of man he was.
Browse a selection of Wallace's letters and documents that give a deep insight into his thoughts about evolution and how both he and Darwin realised that natural selection was the power behind it.
Wallace's first public mention of evolution was in his Sarawak law paper, published in 1855.
Read extracts from this and 'On the Tendency of Species to form Varieties...', the joint paper he and Darwin presented to the Linnean Society in 1858:
Join the world in celebrating the life and work of Alfred Russel Wallace.
The Museum and partner institutions around the world are organising a number of special events and activities for the centenary, including public exhibitions, talks, performance art and conferences.