Edgar Odell Lovett lures Julian Sorell Huxley, the grandson of the famous biologist and Darwin champion Thomas H. Huxley, from Oxford to start  Rice’s biology department. Huxley is responsible for planning the curriculum and laboratories and for hiring faculty members. He is also an early Rice mentor. Within the large collection of Huxley papers housed in Fondren Library is a letter from Joseph I. Davies, a young lab assistant whom Huxley brought to Houston with him. Davies wrote that Huxley had “made twice the man of me and has put thoughts in my head that I had never dreamed of before; would it sur­prise you if I thought of trying for a degree at Rice!!!”


Julian Sorell Huxley, 1916.
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