Origin: Anc Greek
α-/a (privative, “non”)
βίος/vios(=life) > βία/via(=rush)
γενεά/ genea(=generation) > γεννώ/geno (=birth to)
life from non-life
Louis Pasteur abolished the theory of spontaneous generation (1859)and he simultaneously established the theory of biogenesis that supports the origin of life from preexisting life. In 1870 Thomas Huxley coined the term abiogenesis:
I shall call the . . . doctrine that living matter may be produced by not living matter, the hypothesis of abiogenesis. --Huxley, 1870.
|Thomas Huxley (1825-1895)|