Thomas Henry Huxley, British biologist, c 1865-1886.

Elliott & Fry

 
Thomas Henry Huxley, British biologist, c  1865-1886.
4 0 c m
 
27cm
actual image size: 19cm x 32cm

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Carte de visite photograph by Elliott & Fry. Huxley (1825-1895) is remembered as 'Darwin's Bulldog', and from 1854 to 1885 was profesor of natural history at the Royal School of Mines. He became the foremost scientific supporter of Charles Darwin's (1809-1882) theory of evolution and wrote 'Evidence as to Man's Place in Nature' in 1863. He did more than anyone else to break down religious and obscurantist opposition to evolution theory. He also influenced the teaching of biology and science in schools. He produced over 150 research papers on a wide range of subjects, mainly zoological and palaeontological, but also geological, anthropological and botanical. Later he turned to theology and philosophy, and coined the term 'agnostic' for his views.

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