Last week, the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) and the Natural History Museum celebrated the life and outstanding achievements of the evolutionary biologist and surveyor Alfred Russel Wallace on the centenary of his death.
As the RICS UK and Ireland World Regional Board Chair, Dr Fiona Grant from the School of the Built Environment, attended the celebrations and was fortunate enough to meet and present Wallace's closest living descendent Richard Wallace, with the RICS Honorary Secretary. Mr Wallace said Alfred would have been "incredibly honoured" with the accolade and thanked RICS for their support and recognition of Wallace's work. As part of the celebrations a statue of Wallace was unveiled by Sir David Attenborough and comedian Bill Bailey, patron of Wallace 100 described Wallace's work.
The celebrations continued with an invited lecture by Sir David Attenborough and concluded with drinks and canapés in the National History Museum's impressive Earth Galleries Hall.
More information on the event can be found here.