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Alfred Russel Wallace

Naturalist, biologist, and explorer Alfred Russel Wallace

Profession: Naturalist, biologist, and explorer

United Kingdom

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.

Born: January 8, 1823
Birthplace: Usk, Monmouthshire, U.K
Star Sign: Capricorn

Died: November 7, 1913 (aged 90)

Historical Events

  • 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