Attenborough: The forgotten story of Alfred Russel Wallace

Alfred Russel Wallace was a pioneering naturalist who discovered thousands of new species, published numerous books and conceived the most important theory in biology independently of Charles Darwin: evolution by natural selection.

But whilst Darwin has gone on to become a household name, Alfred Russel Wallace has largely remained in his shadow to this day.

On the 100th anniversary of Wallace's death, Sir David Attenborough tells the story of this extraordinary explorer and explains why Wallace is, in Attenborough's opinion, the "most admirable character in the history of science".

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An exclusive collection of items from Wallace's life and travels is on display at the Natural History Museum until 24 November 2013.

Images courtesy of The Natural History Museum, London, The Wallace Memorial Fund and The Linnean Society. All images subject to copyright; click bottom right for full details in captions. Music courtesy of Focus Music/KPM Music. Audio derived from David Attenborough's Life Stories produced by Julian Hector, first broadcast on Radio 4 on 1 April 2011, and Great Lives, first broadcast on Radio 4 on 1 January 2008.

Slideshow production by Ellen Tsang, Jennifer Green and Michael Orwell. Publication date 6 November 2013.

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