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Wallace, Alfred Russel

Born: 1823 AD
Died: 1913 AD
Nationality: English
Categories: Naturalists

1823 – Born on January 8th in Usk, Monmouthshire, Wales. British humanist, naturalist, geographer, and social critic.

1840 – Began to take an interest in botany, and began the formation of a herbarium. In 1847 he took his first journey out of England, spending a week in Paris with his brother and sister.

1844-1845 – An English master in the Collegiate School at Leicester and made the acquaintance of H. W.

1953 – Wallace’s Travels on the Amazon and Rio Negro was published, a year in which he went for a fortnight’s walking tour in Switzerland with an old schoolfellow.

1866 – Wallace was married to the eldest daughter of the botanist, William Mitten, of Hurstpierpoint, Sussex.

1868 – He had received the Royal Medal.

1870-1871 – He was president of the Entomological Society of London.

         – Wallace’s two essays, written at Sarawak and Ternate, were published with others as a volume, Contributions to the Theory of Natural Selection.

1881 – Wallace published Miracles and Modern Spiritualism.

         – A pension was awarded him by Gladstone.

1882-1889 – He received the degree of D.C.L. from Oxford and of LL.D. from the university of Dublin.

         – Published Land Nationalization, in which he argued the necessity of state ownership of land, a principle which he had originated long before the appearance of Henry George’s work.

1890 – The first Darwin medal of the Royal Society was awarded to Wallace.

1913 – Died on November 7th in Broadstone, Dorset, England.