H. G. Wells

Novelist + Teacher + Historian and Journalist
Born Sep 21, 1866
Hometown Bromley
Died Aug 13, 1946
Death Place London
Genres Science fiction
Nationality British
Alma Mater Royal College of ...

Herbert George "H.G. " Wells was an English 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 the county of 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 1886–1887 was the last year of his studies. … Read More


1887 20 Years Old Wells studied in his new school until 1887 with a weekly allowance of twenty-one shillings (a guinea) thanks to his scholarship.
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; the couple agreed to separate in 1894 when he fell in love with one of his students, Amy Catherine Robbins (known as Jane), whom he married in 1895.


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Poor health took him to Sandgate, near Folkestone, where in 1901 he constructed a large family home: Spade House.


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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
1920 53 Years Old H.G. Wells has had a great impact on history. His book, The Outline of History was read by José Figueres Ferrer in 1920 while at MIT, the Costa Rican revolutionary and 3-time president, who took the book to heart, and permanently abolished the military of Costa Rica in 1948, and banned the military in the Constitution. … Read More


1927 60 Years Old In 1927, Florence Deeks sued Wells for plagiarism, claiming that he had stolen much of the content of The Outline of History from a work, The Web, she had submitted to the Canadian Macmillan Company, but who held onto the manuscript for eight months before rejecting it. … Read More
1933 66 Years Old In 1933 Wells predicted in The Shape of Things to Come that the world war he feared would begin January 1940, a prediction which ultimately came true just four months early, when the Second World War broke out in September 1939. … Read More
Wells, as president of the International PEN (Poets, Essayists, Novelists), had already 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
1940 73 Years Old On 28 October 1940 Wells was interviewed by Orson Welles, who two years previously had performed an infamous radio adaptation of The War of the Worlds, on KTSA radio in San Antonio, Texas. … 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
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He was cremated at Golders Green Crematorium on 16 August 1946, his ashes scattered at sea. … Read More
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