by Greg Mayer
UPDATE: Bill Bailey’s Wallace programs are available on Youtube here and here (thanks to Alex and ant for the links); and George Beccaloni has stopped by in the comments to let us know that there is a campaign to buy Wallace’s house for use as a heritage and study center– so now even not well-off Wallaceophiles can help preserve the house by pooling their resources.
This year is of course Wallace Year, the 100th anniversary of the death of Darwin’s great friend, colleague and co-discoverer of evolution by natural selection, Alfred Russel Wallace. A few brief updates on Wallace Year goings on:
First, the Society for the Study of Evolution‘s annual meeting this year, to be held June 21-26 in Snowbird, Utah in conjunction with the American Society of Naturalists and the Society of Systematic Biologists (I’m a member of the first two, and was a long time member of the third, but my subscription got screwed up when they changed printers at one point and I never straightened it out), has adopted a Wallace Year theme.
Wallace was a spiritualist in later life, and thus would, I think, have appreciated his own spectral visage overlooking the Evolution 2013 meetings.
Second, The Dell, the house that Wallace built in Essex, and lived in from 1872-1876 is up for sale, listed at GBP 1.5 million. It’s a fine opportunity for the well-off WEIT reader with a passion for the history of biology– don’t forget to invite me for a visit! There’s lots of neat information about the house (and other things Wallace) at George Beccaloni’s Wallace site, including pictures– go explore!
And finally, two programs about Wallace hosted by the English comedian Bill Bailey, Bill Baileys Jungle Hero: Wallace in Borneo, and Bill Baileys Jungle Hero: Wallace in the Spice Islands debuted on BBC2 last week. I don’t think they’re available in the US, but UK readers can view them here; more on the shows by George Beccaloni here.