Herbert George Wells was born in 1866 in Bromley, England
into a family where there was little money to spare; his father ran
a small shop and played cricket professionally and his mother
worked as a housekeeper. The family's financial situation meant
that Wells had to work from the age of fourteen to support
himself through education. His success at school won him a free
place to study at a college of science in London, after which he
became a science teacher.