To mark the 200th anniversary of Wallace’s birth, an article exploring the friendship between Charles Darwin and Alfred Russel Wallace.
A long-overdue biography of the Victorian scientist, mountaineer, and public intellectual.
As historians of science are forever reminding us (although nobody listens to those killjoys), we enter dangerous territory when we start to discuss the ‘first’ person to do X, the ‘lone genius’ who invented Y, or the ‘Father of’ Great Idea Z.
For every giant that strides the scientific world like a colossus, there are many thousands more mini-heroes of science whose contributions are sometimes overlooked or forgotten. William Bernhardt Tegetmeier is an excellent example.
Botanist, clergyman, and Charles Darwin’s great friend and tutor.
‘What a strange man to be envious of a naturalist like myself, immeasurably his inferior!’—Charles Darwin.
Robert FitzRoy’s name will forever be associated with Charles Darwin’s. But he deserves to be remembered for his own many achievements.