The project explores how life and earth sciences contributed to global modernity over the nineteenth and twentieth centuries.
It explores two major biologists and communicators of evolutionary theory – T.H. Huxley (1825–1895) and his grandson Julian Huxley (1887–1975). Their momentous research includes the changing nature of time, the deep past and distant future of humankind, and shifting ideas about the difference between and within species.
Studying the Huxleys will help us to better understand developments from pre to post-Darwinian eras, and the major institutional and intellectual shifts from imperial to international sciences.
The research will also strengthen Australian scholars' leading international reputation for forging bold and large-scale historical inquiry, and for shaping the field of environmental humanities.
Australian Research Council / Discovery Project (DP190100498)