For those who wish to caricature the theory of intelligent design, Wallace becomes a very inconvenient historical figure.
Wallace was the co-discoverer with Charles Darwin of the theory of evolution by natural selection. He later broke with Darwin over the question of teleology.
Wallace’s formulation of evolution was quite incompatible with Darwin’s. His theory might be called intelligent evolution.
As I asked in a previous post: Why is Alfred Russel Wallace today a comparatively little known figure next to Darwin?
Despite the notoriety of Wallace in his own day, he remains a comparatively obscure figure in the history of biology.