Alfred Russel Wallace on a stamp

On 25th February 2010, Royal Mail issued a set of stamps to mark the 350th anniversary of the Royal Society.

“The issue featured ten of the prominent Fellows who have helped us better to understand the world and the universe through observation and experimentation. “

The stamps have a split design with a portrait of the person and an image of their achievement.

For evolution, they featured Alfred Russel Wallace. Wallace independently came up with the theory of evolution by natural selection. He had become interested in nature and collected specimens as did Darwin. Wallace, however was poor and self taught. He unfortunately lost all his scientific specimens from South America because the ship was sunk. He didn’t mind Darwin got most of the credit for their theory. He felt that Darwin really deserved it more because of the work Darwin had done and it was Darwin who presented all the evidence to support the theory.

I believe this is the first time Wallace has appeared on a stamp and rightfully deserves the credit. (Sandie Robb)

One Response to “Alfred Russel Wallace on a stamp”

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