H. G. Wells

Novelist + Teacher + Historian and Journalist
Born Sep 21, 1866

Herbert George "H.G. " Wells was a British author, now best known for his work in the science fiction genre. He was also a prolific writer in many other genres, including contemporary novels, history, politics and social commentary, even writing text books and rules for war games. Together with Jules Verne and Hugo Gernsback, Wells has been referred to as "The Father of Science Fiction".… Read More

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1866 Birth Herbert George Wells was born at Atlas House, 46 High Street, Bromley, in Kent, on 21 September 1866. … Read More
1874 7 Years Old A defining incident of young Wells's life was an accident in 1874 that left him bedridden with a broken leg. … Read More
1877 10 Years Old In 1877, his father, Joseph Wells, fractured his thigh. … Read More


1879 12 Years Old In October 1879 Wells's mother arranged through a distant relative, Arthur Williams, for him to join the National School at Wookey in Somerset as a pupil–teacher, a senior pupil who acted as a teacher of younger children. … Read More
1883 16 Years Old In 1883 Wells persuaded his parents to release him from the apprenticeship, taking an opportunity offered by Midhurst Grammar School again to become a pupil–teacher; his proficiency in Latin and science during his previous, short stay had been remembered. … Read More
1886 19 Years Old …  The school year 1886–87 was the last year of his studies.


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1889 22 Years Old In 1889–90 he managed to find a post as a teacher at Henley House School, where he taught A. A. Milne. … Read More
1891 24 Years Old In 1891, Wells married his cousin Isabel Mary Wells.
1894 27 Years Old The couple agreed to separate in 1894 when he fell in love with one of his students, Amy Catherine Robbins (later known as Jane), whom he married in 1895.


1901 34 Years Old Poor health took him to Sandgate, near Folkestone, where in 1901 he constructed a large family home: Spade House. … Read More


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As an alumnus, he later helped to set up the Royal College of Science Association, of which he became the first president in 1909.


1919 52 Years Old Wells also wrote the preface for the first edition of W. N. P. Barbellion's diaries, The Journal of a Disappointed Man, published in 1919. … Read More


1927 60 Years Old In 1927 a Canadian citizen, Florence Deeks (1864–1959), unsuccessfully sued Wells for infringement of copyright and breach of trust, claiming that much of The Outline of History had been plagiarized from her unpublished manuscript, The Web of the World's Romance, which had spent nearly nine months in the hands of Wells's Canadian publisher, Macmillan Canada. … Read More
In 1933 Wells predicted in The Shape of Things to Come that the world war he feared would begin in January 1940, a prediction which ultimately came true four months early, in September 1939, with the outbreak of World War II. … Read More
Wells, as president of PEN International (Poets, Essayists, Novelists), angered the Nazis by overseeing the expulsion of the German PEN club from the international body in 1934 following the German PEN's refusal to admit non-Aryan writers to its membership. … Read More
1939 72 Years Old In 1939 Wells denounced the ideological takeover of science by fascism and communism: … Read More
On 28 October 1940, on the radio station KTSA in San Antonio, Texas, Wells took part in a radio interview with Orson Welles, who two years previously had performed a famous radio adaptation of The War of the Worlds. … Read More
1941 74 Years Old …  In his preface to the 1941 edition of The War in the Air, Wells had stated that his epitaph should be: "I told you so. … Read More
1943 76 Years Old In 1943 Wells wrote an article for the Evening Standard, "What a Zulu Thinks of the English", prompted by receiving a letter from a Zulu soldier, Lance Corporal Aaron Hlope. … Read More
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He was cremated at Golders Green Crematorium on 16 August 1946, with his ashes scattered at sea near Old Harry Rocks. … Read More
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