Alfred Wallace’s life and times

Science historian Dr John van Wyhe and his fellow researchers at the National University of Singapore have compiled the entire collection of Alfred Russel Wallace’s documented life and discoveries from his scientific travels. The memoir includes 28,000 pages of historical manuscripts and 22,000 magnificent illustrations. All these documents, published and unpublished, are now freely available on their website Wallace Online.

The Wallace Line

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In 1854, Wallace left for the Malay Archipelago to work as a specimen collector. Over a period of eight years, he made many expeditions across the islands and observed and collected over 125,000 specimens of insects, birds, mammals and plants. In 1869, he published his most famous book, The Malay Archipelago. It recounts his travels in Southeast Asia and popularised the Wallace Line — his famous generalisation of an invisible dividing line between the different fauna found in Asia and Australia. Image: Wallace Online

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