The New International Encyclopædia/Wells, Herbert George
WELLS, Herbert George (1866—). An English novelist, born at Bromley, in Kent. He was educated at the Midhurst grammar school and the Royal College of Science, taking his degree in 1888. From 1894 to 1896 he was on the staff of the Saturday Review. His scientific training, first shown in the publication of a Text-Book on Biology (2 vols., 1892-93), prepared him for a remarkable series of romances in which Swift's circumstantial method is applied to the limits of modern science. The series includes: The Time Machine (1895): The Stolen Bacillus, and Other Stories (1895); The Wonderful Visit (1895); The Island of Doctor Moreau (1896); The Wheels of Chance (1896); The Plattner Story and Others (1897); The Invisible Man (1897); The War of the Worlds (1898); When the Sleeper Wakes (1899); Tales of Space and Time (1899); Love and Mr. Lewisham (1900); The First Men in the Moon (1901); Anticipations (1901); The Lady of the Sea (1902); and Mankind in the Making (1903). We owe to him also a volume of essays entitled Certain Personal Matters (1897).