Wallace, Alfred Russel


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Wallace, Alfred Russel

(1823–1913) British naturalist who was influenced by the ideas of MALTHUS and LYELL and corresponded with DARWIN about his ideas on natural selection. As a result he wrote a paper with Darwin which was read at the Linnaean Society in 1858, and founded modern evolutionary thought.
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