Francis Huxley is the is the son of the biologist Sir Julian Sorell Huxley, nephew of the writer Aldous Huxley, half-nephew of the Nobel laureate Sir Andrew Fielding Huxley, grandson of the writer Leonard Huxley and great-grandson of Thomas Henry Huxley. He is a botanist, writer, photographer and anthropologist.
Francis Huxley's interests seem to be as broad as the world itself. Born in 1923, he has studied hippos in Gambia, remote tribes in Brazil, mental patients in Canada, Voodoo in Haiti, and shamans everywhere… The titles of his books give some indication of his range: The Cosmic Serpent, The Dragon, The Way of the Sacred, People of the World. He has been an Oxford lecturer, a co-founder of Survival International (dedicated to the preservation of tribal societies), and a member of RD Laing's Philadelphia Association where he co-authored The Tao of Therapy with Laing. One of the leading figures of the study and re-shaping of cultures in the last century, he now lives in Northern California.