Spencer, Herbert

BORN 27 Apr 1820, Derby, Derbyshire - DIED 8 Dec 1903, Brighton, East Sussex
GRAVE LOCATION London: Highgate Cemetery East, Swain's Lane, Highgate ((ashes))

Herbert Spencer came from a family of Dissenters. He wrote widely on many subjects and his work often contained errors because he didn't take the trouble to conduct his research well.

After he read "On the Origin of Species" by Charles Darwin he introduced the phrase 'survival of the fittest' in his "Principles of Biology" (1864), referring to Darwin's 'natural selection'. His opinion the British was that British Society was subject to natural selection and he stated that poor people shouldn't have too many children.

Spencer hated any form of goverment. He was self confident and people around him considered him brilliant. During his later years his opinions were more moderate. Many authors referered to his wis work, among them George Eliot Thomas Hardy and D.H. Lawrence.


The grave of Herbert Spencer at Highgate Cemetery East, London.
Picture by Androom (26 Mar 1996)


Wikipedia (EN): http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Herbert_Spencer

Spencer-Stanhope, John Roddam

Published: 05 Oct 2008
Last update: 25 Apr 2022