Herbert George Wells, better known as H. G. Wells,
was the third son of a small shopkeeper. After two years'
apprenticeship in a draper's shop, he became a pupil-teacher at Midhurst
Grammar School and won a scholarship to study under T. H. Huxley at the
Normal School of Science, South Kensington. He taught biology before
becoming a professional writer and journalist. Wells is most famous today for his science fiction novels The Time Machine, The War of the Worlds, The Invisible Man, The First Men in the Moon and The Island of Dr. Moreau.
He was a prolific writer, writing more than a hundred books of both
fiction and non-fiction, and produced works in many different genres,
including contemporary novels, essays, histories and programmes for
world regeneration and social commentary. He was also an outspoken
socialist. His later works become increasingly political and didactic,
and only his early science fiction novels are widely read today. Wells
and Jules Verne are each sometimes referred to as "The Father of Science