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Article from Bournefree 1st February 2008:-

Broadstone to commemorate evolution scientist

The small Poole suburb of Broadstone could become the centre of the 150th anniversary celebrations for one of the most important scientific discoveries in history.

In 1858, Alfred Russel Wallace (1823-1913) proposed a theory of evolution by natural selection which he developed independently of his contemporary Charles Darwin. 

But Wallace's contribution to science is almost as little-known today as the fact that he was an inhabitant of Broadstone and is buried in the local cemetery.

Now, a London museum curator and founder of the Wallace Memorial Fund has teamed up with a local councillor in an effort to keep Wallace's legacy alive.

Curator of orthopteroidea & the A.R. Wallace Collection at London's Natural History Museum Dr George Beccaloni said: "Wallace has been totally overshadowed by Darwin ever since Wallace's death, in spite of the fact that Wallace received due credit for his part in the discovery during his lifetime.

"Since Darwin and Wallace's discovery of evolution by natural selection is such an important discovery not only for biology, but for society in general, it would be a terrible shame if the anniversary of the discovery went unnoticed."

Lib Dem councillor for Broadstone Michael Brooke said: "I have been contacted by Dr Beccaloni and I am currently exploring ways to mark the anniversary.

"I would definitely like to see the event being celebrated; a display in our library would certainly be an option, as would articles in local magazines, lectures, readings, education in local schools and other events.

"I have not yet made a motion at the council, but I am optimistic that they will support the propositions."

The anniversary celebrations are planned for July.

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