Swansea University celebrates Wallace Centenary 2013

This year is the centenary of Alfred Russell Wallace’s death, and the College of Science at Swansea University is celebrating his life and scientific legacy with a series of events.


  • Wallace Poster Competition

The College is organising a poster competition for schools, closing date 30 November 2013, and the results will be shown at the Swansea Museum in the autumn. For further information, please contact Ruth Callaway r.m.callaway@swansea.ac.uk.

  • App Inventor 'Wallace' Workshops

Put your computing skills to the test to try and create a smartphone quiz about A.R.Wallace.

App inventor is a web based software that allows you to develop applications for android devices. The workshop will be covering basic skills that can be applied to an entrant’s application. During the workshop the participants will learn about app design techniques, followed by key development skills using the App Inventor “drag and drop” approach to programming on the Blocks Editor - similar to the software Scratch.

Each *FREE* workshop which is being run by Technocamps at the Singleton Campus, Swansea University will take place from 10am - 2pm every day throughout the October half-term (Oct 28th-Nov 1st). Following the workshop, the applicants will be able to apply their recently acquired knowledge on app development and the skills involved to build their competition entry.

Numbers will be limited to 30 pupils per day for each workshop, book now to avoid disappointment.

  • Alfred Russel Wallace 1823-1913 – Stations of High Life

A lecture by Professor Niels Jacob, College of Science, Swansea University giving highlights of Wallace’s scientific achievements.

12 November 2013 7pm to 8pm, Swansea Museum

All welcome

Contact: Jane Brown, Swansea Museum jane.brown@swansea.go

·         Alfred Russel Wallace – A journey from the Amazon to Natural Selection

Professor Steve Jones FRS, Senior Research Fellow, Department of Genetics, Evolution and Environment, University College London will give a talk aimed at A level biology and geology students entitled ‘Is Man just another animal?’ .

The talk will be preceded by the drama ‘You should ask Wallace’ performed by Ioan Hefin of Theatr na nÓg.

The event has been organised by the Cardiff University School of Earth and Ocean Sciences, Swansea University College of Science and the National Waterfront Museum, Swansea, sponsored by the Linnean Society.

14 January 2014 1pm to 3pm, Warehouse Gallery, National Waterfront Museum, Swansea

For bookings and further information, please contact Kathy.hoskins@museumwales.ac.uk

The Centenary of the death of the naturalist Alfred Russel Wallace on 7 November 1913 is being marked in 2013 with events around the world to celebrate his life and work. The commemorations are being co-ordinated by the Natural History Museum, London.

Events between October 2013 and June 2014 have been planned by the Natural History Museum and other organisations including the Zoological Society of London, Cardiff University, the University of Alberta, Dorset County Museum,[1] Swansea Museum, Dorset Wildlife Trust, Ness Botanical Gardens (South Wirral), the Royal Society, the Linnean Society, the Harvard Museum of Natural History, the American Museum of Natural History,[2] Hertford Museum[3] and the National Museum of Wales.[4]

The naturalist, explorer, geographer, anthropologist and biologist Alfred Russel Wallace died on 7 November 1913. He is principally remembered now for having independently conceived the theory of evolution through natural selection, which prompted Charles Darwin to publish On the Origin of Species. Some of his books such as The Malay Archipelago remain in print; it is considered one of the best accounts of scientific exploration published during the 19th century. Wallace is also remembered as the discoverer of the Wallace Line that divides 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