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04 November 2008
A research botanist from London’s Natural History Museum will explore the overseas adventures of Alfred Russel Wallace in this year’s Wallace Lecture.
Dr Sandra Knapp will give a lecture entitled The Compleat Naturalist - Alfred Russel Wallace in the Tropics on Tuesday 4 November 2008 at the University.
Alfred Russel Wallace is best known for his role in the development of the theory of evolution by natural selection – coming up with the theory independently of Charles Darwin. He also built an unparalleled collection of specimens, mainly of birds and butterflies, from the Amazon and the Malay Archipelago, greatly increasing our knowledge of tropical diversity.
As part of the lecture, Dr Knapp will chronicle Wallace’s travels, from Wales to Leicester to the Amazon and South East Asia, reviewing the impact of his observations and the relevance of his ideas today.
The lecture takes place from 5.15pm on 4th November at the Wallace Lecture Theatre, in the University’s Main Building.
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