Last year I wrote a series called the monthly scientist. It was one of my favourite series to write so for this spotlight Thursday I thought I’d cast the spotlight on an incredible scientist!
Born: 8 January 1823
Died: 7 November 1913
Noted for: Being a naturalist and explorer
Why scientist of BEDA?
What most people don’t know is that Darwin did not work alone on the theory of evolution through natural selection. Wallace actually curated the theory on his own, he then published a joint paper with Darwin which then prompted Darwins origin of species. He is also credited as being the father of biogeography and many other theories including warning colouration in animals and the Wallace effect. This interest in the environment came from his social activism. As he was one of the first prominent scientists to raise concerns over the environmental impact of human activity. Unlike many of his peers he wasn’t from a rich background and his trips across the globe were paid for in the sale of the specimens he collected and his publications. Altogether he was a fascinating man whose insights were vital to our understanding of the world.
“If this is not done, future ages will certainly look back upon us as a people so immersed in the pursuit of wealth as to be blind to higher considerations.”