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A very distinguished British family throughout the 19th and 20th century, the Huxley family excelled in science, medicine, literature and arts, and had provided notable scientists and authors including Aldous Huxley. Thomas was a zoologist and Julian, who was prominent in the 1950s, became the first director of UNESCO. Their sister, Elspeth Huxley, was a writer, journalist, broadcaster, magistrate, environmentalist, farmer and government adviser. They were famous for writing widely about the need for social reform and were widely perceived as being very eminent in their respective fields and for their strong commitment to public service.

Huxley was one of original four houses created at Vyners School, which took inspiration from people or families who were symbols of excellence and was established at the outset to encourage involvement in a wide range of activities for students.