Richard Milner, an anthropologist and historian of science, has published extensively on Charles Darwin, Alfred Russel Wallace, evolution, and natural history. A graduate of Queens College of the City University of New York, UCLA, and UC Berkeley, the New York-based writer will be writing summaries of letters to and from Wallace.
Milner authored the award-winning Darwin’s Universe: Evolution from A to Z (Berkeley: University of California Press, 2009), Charles R. Knight: The Artist Who Saw Through Time (New York: Abrams, 2012), and “Three Birds of a Feather: Darwin, Wallace, and Attenborough” in Changing Perceptions of Nature (London: Boydell and Brewer, 2017.) For many years, he was Senior Editor of Natural History magazine at the American Museum of Natural History in New York, where he is an Associate in the Division of Anthropology. During 2013-2015, he directed the Alfred Russel Wallace Centenary Celebration (USA), which brought dozens of Wallace scholars together at the AMNH, the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), and the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences. As the recipient of a grant from the John Templeton Foundation, he helped to fund the Wallace Correspondence Project (WCP), and in 2015 he was awarded the ARW Bronze medal by the Wallace Memorial Fund for “Outstanding Contributions to Public Understanding of Alfred Russel Wallace’s Life and Work.” Milner has also created a musical show, "Charles Darwin: Live & In Concert," which he has performed in America, the UK, and Europe, including in Australia and Darwin’s beloved Galapagos Islands. He is currently working on two books: Portraits of Prehistory: The Art of Jay Matternes for Indiana University Press, and The World of Alfred Russel Wallace, for Princeton University Press, which features an introductory chapter by Sir David Attenborough.
Welcome to the team Richard!