Thomas Henry Huxley

Thomas Henry Huxley was appointed a Civil List Pensioner on Dec 5th 1885 with a pension of £300 p.a. (£34,500 a year in 2018 money). He was self educated, having left school after only two years, and is known as Darwin’s bulldog after his debate at Oxford with Samuel Wilberforce in 1860. Wilberforce was coached by another Civil List Pensioner, Sir Richard Owen. Huxley was a comparative anatomist and became President of the Riyal Society and a Privy Councillor. His grandson was the author Aldous Huxley, who was nominated seven times for a Nobel Prize.

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