Herbert Spencer

By: Taylor Herold


Herbert Spencer was born in Derby England on April 27th, 1820. His father George was a school teacher. His family was Methodist with quaker sympathies. At an early age, Herbert was influenced by the anti-establishment and anti-clerical views of his father and the Bethamite radical views of his unle Thomas. Herbert was trained as a civil engineer but then wanted to work with political journalism. From 1848-1853 he worked as a writer and subeditor at the economist which was a financial weekly newspaper.

10 facts

1. In 1851 he wrote his first book called "social statistics"

2. Herbert created many ideas on human independence, he was very set on studying that.

3. After his uncle died in 1853, he got a small inheritance which then allowed him to devote himself to writing rather than focusing on a job.

4. In 1855 he published his second book, "The principals of society," which ended up not being as popular as his first book.

5. In 1883, he was elected a corresponding member of a philosophical section of the French academy of moral and political sciences.

6. His work was very popular around the U.S., Great Britain and Poland.

7. During Herbert's life, he sold over 1 million copies of his books.

8. His health decreased the last two decades of his life, he was sick and depressed most of the time.

9. Herbert's reputation was at its peak in the 1870s and 1880s.

10. His methods of scientific thinking and speaking was influenced by the positivism of Auguste Comte.