Horrors in the Mist
Prof Thomas Henry Huxley
Known also as "Darwin's bulldog" for his advocacy of Charles Darwin's theory of evolution.
Prof Huxley is the finest comparative anatomist of our time. At the beginning of his incredible career he extensively worked on invertebrates, clarifying relationships between groups previously little understood. At a very young age, Prof Huxley was made surgeon’s mate to HMS Rattlesnake, about to start for a voyage of discovery and surveying to New Guinea and Australia. In the southern hemisphere, young Huxley devoted his time to the study of marine invertebrates. He began to send details of his discoveries back to England and Huxley’s paper “On the anatomy and the affinities of the family of Medusae” was published in 1849 by the Royal Society in its Philosophical Transactions and granted him the admission as a Fellow of the Royal Society.
In the following years Prof Huxley worked on vertebrates, especially on the relationship between apes and humans. Additionally, after comparing Archaeopteryx with Compsognathus, the professor concluded, in one of his most controversial theory, that birds evolved from small carnivorous dinosaurs.
In his long career, Prof Huxley became in 1854 Professor of Natural History at the Royal School of Mines and naturalist to the British Geological Survey in the following year. In addition, he has been Fullerian Professor at the Royal Institution 1855–58 and 1865–67; Hunterian Professor at the Royal College of Surgeons 1863–69; President of the British Association for the Advancement of Science 1869–1870; President of the Royal Society 1883–present; Inspector of Fisheries 1881–present; and this year was made President of the Marine Biological Association.
He is widely considered the premier advocate of science of this century for the whole English-speaking world and his lectures are always attended by a wide crowd of professionals and non in the hope of witnessing one of Prof Huxley’s famous debates.