Remember that 2013 is Wallace Year—the centenary of Alfred Russel Wallace’s death. If you don’t know who he is—and you must—read the Wikipedia article. We’ll be featuring Wallaceiana throughout the year.
At the moment (it’s early!) I’m listening to a show on the man, the co-discoverer of natural selection, live on BBC Radio 4. It’s very good, and my pal Steve Jones, who is featured, is quite eloquent. It’s too late to announce the program now, but it will be repeated on BBC4 tonight (FM only) at 21:30 London time (5:30 p.m. EST US), presumably at the link above, and then later as a podcast.
It’s a nice show that I recommend; I’ll post the link to the podcast when it’s up.
The BBC blurb:
Melvyn Bragg and his guests discuss the work of Alfred Russel Wallace, a pioneer of evolutionary theory. Born in 1823, Wallace travelled extensively, charting the distribution of animal species throughout the world. This fieldwork in the Amazon and later the Malay Archipelago led him to formulate a theory of evolution through natural selection. In 1858 he sent the paper he wrote on the subject to Charles Darwin, who was spurred into the writing and publication of his own masterpiece On the Origin of Species. Wallace was also the founder of the science of biogeography and made important discoveries about the nature of animal coloration. But despite his visionary work, Wallace has been overshadowed by the greater fame of his contemporary Darwin.
Emeritus Professor of Genetics at University College London
Curator of Cockroaches and Related Insects and Director of the Wallace Correspondence Project at the Natural History Museum
Professor of Sociology at the University of Essex
Producer: Thomas Morri