Herbert George Wells, “Bertie” to his family, was born in Bromley, Kent, England in 1866. His father made a modest income by playing professional cricket, and also ran a china and sporting goods store. His mother worked as a housekeeper.
Herbert’s first job was as a draper’s assistant which he hated, and eventually quit. With the help of his mother he was able to secure a position as a teaching student at the National School at Wookey, Somerset. This was short lived, but established his path for the future. In 1883 he was offered a position as a teaching student at Midhurst Grammar School, before winning a scholarship to the Normal School of Science, now known as the Royal College of Science.
During this time he was involved in the founding of the School Science Journal, for which he wrote articles including some fiction. The Chronic Argonauts, a forerunner to The Time Machine appeared in this publication.
The novels and short stories that followed introduced the world to ideas and possibilities never before considered. As well as science fiction stories, known as scientific romances at the time, he also wrote conventional novels and non-fiction. All his work reflected his views on society and the future that humanity should strive for.
Wells married Isabel Mary Wells in 1891. They divorced in 1894. In 1895 he married Amy Catherine Robbins, one of his students. They had two sons, George and Frank. He had a number of affairs, and had a daughter, Anna-Jane, with the writer Amber Reeves. Rebecca West, another writer, bore him a son, Anthony West.
H G Wells’s vision of the future was of a single world government where war had been consigned to the history books. He detested racism, and believed world peace would come through the promotion of education, and the advancement of science. He died in 1946.