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 world's first statue of Alfred Russel Wallace provides a fitting commemoration on the 100th anniversary of his death.
It portrays Wallace in his thirties during his expedition to the Malay Archipelago.
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.
Activities for post-16 students studying history and science in society subjects, using using letters and material from the Wallace Collection.
Comedian Bill Bailey shares his huge admiration for Wallace. Not only did Wallace discover the driving force for evolution, he also founded a new field of biology - the study of the geographical distribution of animals.
George Beccaloni and a team of fellow Wallace enthusiasts keep you in the loop with what's happening for Wallace100.
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Sir David Attenborough tells the story of this extraordinary explorer and explains why Alfred Russel Wallace is, in his opinion, the 'most admirable character in the history of science'.
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.
Museum curator George Beccaloni discusses Wallace's work with Melvyn Bragg and other guests on In Our Time.