Person    | Male  Born 4/5/1825  Died 29/6/1895

Thomas Huxley

Categories: Education, Race Issues, Science

Thomas Henry Huxley. Biologist and anthropologist. Born Ealing. An early adherent to Darwin's theory of evolution, he was a strong supporter while also pointing out what he saw as flaws. At the Royal College of Science (which would later become Imperial College): Professor of Biology 1854 -95, the first Dean of the College 1881-95. His son Leonard (author) was father to: Sir Julian (biologist), Aldous (author) and Sir Andrew (physicist). Bonus fact: two of Thomas's daughters married the same man. Died at home in Eastbourne.

2021: The Guardian reported that Imperial College's independent history group investigated the college's historical links to the British empire. The subsequent report called for a building at the college named after Huxley,  to be renamed due to his racist beliefs about human intelligence. The report said Huxley’s essay Emancipation – Black and White “espouses a racial hierarchy of intelligence, a belief system of ‘scientific racism’ that fed the dangerous and false ideology of eugenics; legacies of which are still felt today”.  The report also called for a bust of Huxley to be removed from display and placed in the college archives.

2022: the Imperial College Huxley debate continued. A letter from 39 leading scientists was published in the Telegraph, arguing the case for a more nuanced assessment of Huxley's achievements over his whole career.

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Thomas Huxley

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Thomas Huxley - NW8

Thomas Henry Huxley, 1825 - 1895, biologist, lived here. LCC

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Thomas Huxley - SW7

This building is known as the Huxley Building of the Royal College of Science...

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