Alfred Russel Wallace

Alfred Russel Wallace
Alfred Russel Wallace
  • Born: January 8, 1823
  • Died: November 7, 1913
  • Nationality: British
  • Profession: Scientist

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Alfred Russel Wallace OM FRS was a British naturalist, explorer, geographer, anthropologist, and biologist. He is best known for independently conceiving the theory of evolution through natural selection; his paper on the subject was jointly published with some of Charles Darwin's writings in 1858. This prompted Darwin to publish his own ideas in On the Origin of Species. Wallace did extensive fieldwork, first in the Amazon River basin and then in the Malay Archipelago, where he identified the faunal divide now termed the Wallace Line, which separates the Indonesian archipelago into two distinct parts: a western portion in which the animals are largely of Asian origin, and an eastern portion where the fauna reflect Australasia.

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I should like to take some one family to study thoroughly, principally with a view to the theory of the origin of species. By that means I am strongly of opinion that some definite results might be arrived at. Science, Mathematics, Engineering & Technology
As well might it be said that, because we are ignorant of the laws by which metals are produced and trees developed, we cannot know anything of the origin of steamships and railways.
But naturalists are now beginning to look beyond this, and to see that there must be some other principle regulating the infinitely varied forms of animal life. Life
Civilisation has ever accompanied emigration and conquest - the conflict of opinion, of religion, or of race. Religion & God
I am decidedly of the opinion that in very many instances we can trace such a necessary connexion, especially among birds, and often with more complete success than in the case which I have here attempted to explain. Success
I am thankful I can see much to admire in all religions. Religion & God
I have since wandered among men of many races and many religions.
I hold with Henry George, that at the back of every great social evil will be found a great political wrong.
I spent, as you know, a year and a half in a clergyman's family and heard almost every Tuesday the very best, most earnest and most impressive preacher it has ever been my fortune to meet with, but it produced no effect whatever on my mind. Families, Children & Parenting
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. Future
In all works on Natural History, we constantly find details of the marvellous adaptation of animals to their food, their habits, and the localities in which they are found. History ;Nutrition, Food, Starvation, Farming & Agriculture
In my solitude I have pondered much on the incomprehensible subjects of space, eternity, life and death. Life ;Death
It has been generally the custom of writers on natural history to take the habits and instincts of animals as the fixed point, and to consider their structure and organization as specially adapted to be in accordance with them. History
Modification of form is admitted to be a matter of time. Time
On the spiritual theory, man consists essentially of a spiritual nature or mind intimately associated with a spiritual body or soul, both of which are developed in and by means of a material organism. Nature
The foregoing considerations lead us to the very important conclusion, that matter is essentially force, and nothing but force; that matter, as popularly understood, does not exist, and is, in fact, philosophically inconceivable.
There is, I conceive, no contradiction in believing that mind is at once the cause of matter and of the development of individualised human minds through the agency of matter.
To expect the world to receive a new truth, or even an old truth, without challenging it, is to look for one of those miracles which do not occur. Truth
To say that mind is a product or function of protoplasm, or of its molecular changes, is to use words to which we can attach no clear conception.
To the mass of mankind religion of some kind is a necessity. Religion & God
Truth is born into this world only with pangs and tribulations, and every fresh truth is received unwillingly. Truth
What birds can have their bills more peculiarly formed than the ibis, the spoonbill, and the heron?
What we need are not prohibitory marriage laws, but a reformed society, an educated public opinion which will teach individual duty in these matters. Society ;Families, Children & Parenting

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