Thomas Huxley (1825 – 1985)
Thomas Henry Huxley, in Ealing west London
to a father who was a mathematics teacher. After completing
medical studies at Charing Cross Hospital, Huxley
went on to the University of London, excelling at anatomy
and physiology, later using his skills as an assistant surgeon
on the HMS rattlesnake whilst appointed to duties with the
During his expeditions in the southern hemisphere,
Thomas Huxley took an interest in marine invertebrates
and his work saw him elected as a Fellow of the Royal Society.
Thomas Huxley resigned from the navy in 1854,
becoming a lecturer at the School of Mines. A year on, he
married Henrietta Anne Heathorn, whom he had met in Sydney.
Between them they had eight children. Thomas Huxley’s
grandson Aldous Huxley was to become very
famous in his own right, known for such books as Brave
New World. Other notable Huxley’s
include Julian Huxley (founder of the World Wide Fund for
Nature) and Andrew Huxley, a Nobel laureate.
Thomas Huxley died in 1985
after a long and painful illness.
Literary Classics contains 560 authors, and thousands of
The Thomas Huxley unabridged classic books,
included on the Literary Classics CD are:
- AUTOBIOGRAPHY AND SELECTED ESSAYS
- ON THE RECEPTION OF THE 'ORIGIN OF SPECIES'