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July 21, 1923


JAMA. 1923;81(3):225-226. doi:10.1001/jama.1923.02650030049021

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Memorial to Alfred Russell Wallace  A memorial portrait of Dr. Alfred Russell Wallace, the joint promulgator with Darwin of the doctrine of natural selection, has been unveiled at the Natural History Museum, South Kensington, by Sir Charles Sherrington, president of the Royal Society. The present year is the centenary of Wallace's birth. Standing by the statue of Darwin in the museum, Sir Charles said that the building was a fitting place for the portrait, for to its great collections Wallace had contributed largely from his expeditions in the Malay Archipelago. But he did more for that collection and for all collections of natural history throughout the world by contributing the fertile idea which gave them a new significance. Faced with the almost wasteful luxuriance of nature in the tropics, there arose in him the idea of "the struggle of existence" in relation to the origin of all that astounding manifoldness

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