A. R. Wallace died 100 years ago today. He was nearly 91. With Charles Darwin, he was the co-discoverer of natural selection. Brilliant, extremely generous,and modest to a fault. Jerry Coyne described him as "quirky." Indeed. He is the father of biogeography and discovered 2% of all bird species (212 of 10,000 known today).
A wonderful and touching tribute, "The Animated Life of A. R. Wallace," produced by Flora Lichtman (who was co-host with Ira Flatow of Science Friday and Sharon Shattuck may be seen at the link below. I hope you will take the time (about 8 minutes) to view it and to honor this talented and persevering scientist/naturalist. It is beautifully done and narrated by two Wallace scholars.