January 8th was Alfred Wallace's birthday, blogs Olivia Judson at the New York Times, and 2008 is the 150th anniversary of Wallace writing to Charles Darwin, describing evolution by natural selection -- the very same idea Darwin was sitting on. Because of these anniversaries, Judson goes to London's National Portrait Gallery to see Wallace. She finds Charles Lyell, Henry Huxley, and many others, but no Wallace. When she asks, she is told that his portrait is just not up. "In storage? Alfred Russel Wallace is in storage? Then bring him out and hang him!" she writes.
Jan 10, 2008