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Chronology of the Main Events in Wallace's Life

 
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Chronology:
  
1807:  Wallace's parents marry

8 January 1823:  Alfred Russel Wallace born at Usk, Monmouthshire

late 1836/early 1837:  Forced to withdraw from grammar school; moves to London to board with his older brother, John

early 1837:  Is first exposed to the utopian ideals of Robert Owen and his followers

mid 1837:  Joins the eldest brother William in Bedfordshire to learn the surveying trade

1840 to 1843:  Surveying in West England and Wales

1841:  Becomes informally associated with the Kington Mechanic's Institution

early 1844:  Is hired on as a master at the Collegiate School in Leicester

1844:  Meets Henry Walter Bates; attends lecture and demonstration on mesmerism

February 1845:  William dies; Wallace leaves Collegiate School and takes over his business

25 April 1848:  Wallace and Bates leave England for Amazonian South America to begin a natural history collecting expedition (for a full chronology of Wallace's activities over the next four years, see George 1964)

12 July 1852:  Leaves South America for return to England; on 6 August his ship burns and sinks and ten days later he is rescued at sea

1 October 1852 to March 1854:  Primarily London-based; in 1853 publishes Palm Trees of the Amazon and A Narrative of Travels on the Amazon and Rio Negro

March 1854:  Leaves England for the Far East to begin a natural history collecting expedition

20 April 1854 to 20 February 1862:  Collecting expedition in the Malay Archipelago (for a full chronology of Wallace's activities during this period, see Bastin 1986)

February 1855:  While in Sarawak writes 'On the Law Which Has Regulated the Introduction of New Species' for publication

February 1858:  Writes 'On the Tendency of Varieties to Depart Indefinitely From the Original Type' and sends it off to Charles Darwin for comment

1 July 1858:  Wallace's and Darwin's writings on natural selection are presented at a special meeting of the Linnean Society

November 1859:  'On the Zoological Geography of the Malay Archipelago,' the paper describing Wallace's Line, is read before the Linnean Society; Darwin's On the Origin of Species is published

1 April 1862:  Returns to English soil

1 March 1864:  Presents 'The Origin of Human Races Deduced From the Theory of "Natural Selection"' to the Anthropological Society of London

5 April 1866:  Marries Annie Mitten, daughter of botanist friend William Mitten

August to September 1866:  'The Scientific Aspect of the Supernatural' is published

9 March 1869:  The Malay Archipelago is published

early 1870 to early 1872:  President of the Entomological Society of London

March 1870:  Moves to Barking

April 1870:  Contributions to the Theory of Natural Selection is published

March 1872:  Moves to Grays, Essex

May and June 1874:  'A Defence of Modern Spiritualism' is published

March 1875:  On Miracles and Modern Spiritualism is published

May 1876:  The Geographical Distribution of Animals is published

July 1876:  Moves to Rose Hill, Dorking

September 1876:  President, Section D (Biology) of the British Association for the Advancement of Science annual meetings

1878:  Moves to Croydon; Tropical Nature and Other Essays is published

October 1880:  Island Life is published

March 1881:  The Land Nationalisation Society is established and Wallace made its first President

May 1881:  Moves to Godalming

19 April 1882:  Death of Charles Darwin

May 1882:  Land Nationalisation is published

mid Fall 1886 to late Summer 1887:  Lecture tour in the United States and Canada

May 1889:  Darwinism is published

June 1889:  Moves to Parkstone, Dorset

February to May 1890:  Presents testimony to the Royal Commission on Vaccination

September 1890:  'Human Selection' is published

1893:  Elected Fellow of the Royal Society

November and December 1893:  'The Ice Age and Its Work' is published

September 1896:  Lectures on scientific progress in Davos, Switzerland

10 June 1898:  The Wonderful Century is published

December 1902:  Moves to Old Orchard, Broadstone (near Wimborne, Dorset)

October 1903:  Man's Place in the Universe is published

October 1905:  My Life is published

1 July 1908:  Receives the Darwin-Wallace Medal of the Linnean Society of London

December 1908:  Receives the Copley Medal from the Royal Society and the Order of Merit from the Crown

22 January 1909:  Gives lecture 'The World of Life' at the Royal Institution

December 1910:  The World of Life is published

7 November 1913:  Dies at Old Orchard

10 November 1913:  Buried in Broadstone

1 November 1915:  Medallion bearing Wallace's name is placed in Westminster Abbey

23 June 1923:  Memorial portrait of Wallace unveiled at the Natural History Museum, South Kensington, by Sir Charles S. Sherrington, President of the Royal Society


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