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Thomas Henry Huxley’s birthday
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“All truth, in the long run, is only common sense clarified.”
Born in Ealing, Middlesex on this date in 1825, English scientist Thomas Henry Huxley.
Raised in a middle-class family and partially self-educated, Huxley, at the age of 21, became assistant surgeon on the HMS Rattlesnake, and sailed to Australia and New Guinea.
Initially a comparative anatomist of invertebrates, he later identified birds as the descendants of dinosaurs.
His lively discussion with Bishop Samuel Wilberforce, concerning evolution and its societal impact, would prove a watershed for acceptance of the theory, as well as a key moment in his career, and would earn him the nickname „Darwin’s Bulldog”.
Huxley promoted public education with his lectures for the workingman. In 1863 pamphlets for later lectures would contribute to the first of his popular publications, Evidence as to Man’s Place in Nature.
Elected a Fellow of the Royal Society in 1851, later its secretary and president, Hunterian Professor at the Royal College of Surgeons, president of the British Association for the Advancement of Science, granted eight Royal Commissions, recipient of the Royal Medal (1852), the Copley Medal (1888), the Linnean Medal (1890), and the Darwin Medal (1894), Huxley was one of the most accomplished and distinguished of Victorian scientists.
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