Herbert Spencer

By: Trinity Stanfield


Born in England, April 27, 1820. He was the oldest of his 8 siblings but none of his siblings lived past infancy. His father was a school teacher and influenced his views. Herbert always had a tendency to resist authority. He had training for engineering but later went into journalism. He was very opinionated with no intension to pay attention to any other views. When his uncle died, the inheritence recieved allowed him to write without depending on a job. His books sold around a million copies and were translated into 5 languages.


He believed in science, that the scientific approach was the only one. He created the term "Social Darwinism" because he believed all organisms evolved from greater life forms.