Alfred Russel Wallace

Alfred Russel Wallace

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Credit: DR JEREMY BURGESS/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY.

Caption: Alfred Russel Wallace, Engish naturalist, born Usk, Monmouthshire 1823 & died Broadstone, Dorset, 1913. Originator of the idea of the survival of the fittest, which he came to while recalling Malthus' "Essay on Population". Wallace wrote to Darwin in June 1858 from Borneo where he was collecting specimens, expressing his ideas of evolution by natural selection. He was unaware that Darwin was working on the same theory. On 1st July 1859 the letter was read to the Linnean Society as a joint paper with Darwin's views added. The image is from a photograph taken by Miss Cant in 1902.

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