Hodeslea, Staveley Road, Eastbourne
December 10th, 1894


To any one who respects the English language, I think 'Scientist' must be about as pleasing a word as 'Electrocution.' I sincerely trust you will not allow the pages of Science-Gossip to be defiled by it.

I am, yours sincerely,
Thos. H. Huxley

British Museum, Cromwell Road
London, W.; December 13th, 1894

Dear Sir,

The illegitimacy of formation of the word 'Scientist' has been sufficiently exposed in the daily press of a week or so ago. I believe it has been shown to be an American importation. However, as within the last quarter of a century a crowd of writers has sprung up who dabble in science, and especially in the great scientific questions of our time, the word 'Scientist' might be retained as an appropriate term for this class.

Yours truly,
A. Günther

[Dr. Albert Günther, F.R.S., Head of the Zoological Department of the British Museum.]


C. Blinderman & D. Joyce
Clark University