By Paul White
This booklet examines the character of the "man of technological know-how" within the Victorian interval because it was once formed by way of Thomas Huxley, the best British naturalist and infamous popularizer of Darwinian conception. It demonstrates how the medical practitioner was once considered as an ethical and spiritual determine; at the same time thought of to be the epitome of the secular, specialist scientist. Breaking with conventional biographies, this attention-grabbing portrait treats Huxley because the consummate British "man of technology" and displays at the ancient value of clinical authority.
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9 July 1851, HH: 164. 26 Science at Home the practical, could not abate. As the engagement continued and Huxley failed to procure a position, while persistently devaluing temporal ends, she began to press him with points of economy he would rather deny. When government positions opened in Australia during the gold rush, Heathorn cautiously suggested that he pursue a career that would hasten their being together. More frequently, she urged on his scientiﬁc person a more professional comportment.
1996. For accounts of Huxley as a rising professional, see Introduction. For assessments of Heathorn’s role, see L. Huxley ed. 1900, 1: 36–7, J. Huxley ed. 1936: 268–9, Jensen 1991: 23–44, and Desmond 1998. For a feminist critique of Huxley’s career that emphasizes women’s exclusion from the professions, see E. Richards 1989. On the juxtaposition of professional science to domestic life, see Abir-Am and Outram 1987. The literature on women in science is analogous in this respect to women’s history; see the range of approaches outlined in Scott 1983.
In such narrated encounters, Heathorn described a relationship in which Huxley’s 32 Diary entry for 18 March 1850, in J. Huxley ed. 1936: 239. 18 Science at Home affection was conveyed through assertion and hers through yielding, a relationship in which his gifts required that she give up something but hers were not received on her terms. She constructed her place in a world in which women had only very restricted means of expressing their worth, although the men they loved offered them fresh occasions for abnegation.
Thomas Huxley: Making the 'Man of Science' (Cambridge Science Biographies) by Paul White