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Sir J. ARTHUR THOMSON , LL.D. : ' Huxley
(1825-1895)—Knight-Errant of Darwinism'
QIR J. ARTHUR THOMSON continues his revaluation of scientific pioneers with an estimate of one of the giants of the evolution controversy—T. H. Huxley. As a boy, Huxley had little formal education, but gained from Carlyle a passion for ' making things plain, and getting rid of cant and shams of all sorts.' His powerful mind attacked the problems of biology without training, but with this passion, and the force of his attack yielded valuable and original results.
When Darwin's ' Origin of Species' was published in 1859, and the 'evolution' controversy raged through England, Huxley fastened on to it with joy and characteristic thoroughness ; it was a case of ranging either witli ' the apes or the angels ' in Disraeli's phrase, and Huxley was one of the few eminent scientists of the time who plumped for Darwin and the apes. He never accepted all the implications of Darwin's theories of ' natural selection,' and ' the struggle for existence '-but Huxley's support, even modified, was of immense value to Darwinism.


Sir J. Arthur Thomson
J. Arthur Thomson
T. H. Huxley.

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