"Bones and Stones and Such-like Things"
Thomas Henry Huxley was born at Ealing, in Middlesex, in the year 1825, was educated at Ealing School, and subsequently studied medicine at the medical school of the Charing-Cross Hospital. In the year 1846, H.M.S. Rattlesnake was dispatched on a surveying cruise to the South Pacific and Torres Straits. Mr. Huxley was appointed assistant-surgeon, and remained with the vessel during the whole of the cruise, returning to England in 1850. Four years later he succeeded Mr. Forbes as Professor Natural History at the Royal School of Mines in Jermyn-Street; he was also made Hunterian Professor of Comparative Anatomy to the Royal College of Surgeons. Mr. Huxley's works have the highest scientific merit and originality, but they are not of a kind for review in the pages of this work. The best known to general readers are his 'Oceanic Hydrozoa,' 'Man's Place in Nature,' 'Lectures on Comparative Anatomy,' and 'Lessons in Elementary Physiology.' The Professor is also a frequent contributor to the Transactions and Journals of the Royal, Linnæan, Geological, Zoological, and other learned societies. He is one of our most active men of science, and has made himself widely celebrated by his dissertations on 'bones, and stones, and such-like things.'