Death of an Historic Notable

On this day in 1885, Thomas Henry Huxley died at the age of 70. He is most famous for his sideburns, but in addition he was also involved with the study of evolution and the defense of Darwinism.

He also invented the term Agnostic. Which he was.


T.H. Huxley, Darwin’s Bulldog


  1. #1 dominich
    June 29, 2009

    Also inventor of the time machine 🙂

    Better make that 1895

  2. #2 Richard Carter, FCD
    June 29, 2009

    I think you mean 1895, not 1985!

  3. #3 386sx
    June 29, 2009

    He lived a long and fruitful life. Really really long.

  4. #4 Carl Troein
    June 29, 2009

    …and Huxley, not Husley!

  5. #5 Prashanth
    June 29, 2009

    Uh…cant tweet due to that year error! Make that 1895 quick! 🙂

  6. #6 gwen
    June 29, 2009

    Give ‘im a break! It’s one o’clock in the morning! (Whew, I thought I’d gone bonkers when I read 1985!)Greg…don’t post at 1 in the morning, you are definitely NOT at your best!!

  7. #7 Jason Thibeault
    June 29, 2009

    No, he means 1985, and Huxley died at 160. Those sideburns are the result of over a century of growth.

  8. #8 Greg Laden
    June 29, 2009

    Uffda. OK, fixed. Probably.

  9. #9 DuWayne
    June 29, 2009

    I don’t know about that, I seem to recall “Dr.” Kennedy waxing poetic about how he defended Darwin because he was an extreme hedonist…So I would say he was really more famous for hedonism, then sideburns and finally Darwinism…

  10. #10 Pierce R. Butler
    June 29, 2009

    OK, fixed. Probably.

    Er, not quite. But I doubt ol’ TH would’ve minded that extra decade.

  11. #11 Pierce R. Butler
    June 29, 2009

    Oops – make that, I think ol’ TH would’ve really missed that last decade…