Full Name: Alfred Russel Wallace
Profession: Naturalist, biologist, and explorer
Why Famous: Jointly published the theory of evolution by natural selection with Charles Darwin in 1858. He independently arrived at the theory following his research in the Malay Archipelago.
- 1848-04-26 Alfred Russel Wallace departs the U.K. for South America, beginning four years of travel, collecting, and research in the region
- 1852-10-01 Alfred Russel Wallace returns to the U.K. after four years of travel, collecting, and research in South America
- 1858-07-01 The joint reading of Charles Darwin and Alfred Russel Wallace's papers on evolution to the Linnean Society.