Julian Sorrell Huxley (1887-1975)

British evolutionary biologist. A major leader of the Modern Synthesis, Huxley was more of a popularizer than a theorist or empiricist, and drifted towards politics in his later years. Huxley's optimistic, anthropocentric views injected an element of progressionism into the movement even as it claimed final victory over teleological theories like Lamarckism and orthogenesis. If someone can give me a good reason to rank him as a scientific researcher along with, say, Simpson, Wright, or Fisher, I'm all ears. Grandson of Thomas Huxley, brother of Andrew Huxley (physiologist) and Aldous Huxley (novelist).


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