- born in London in the year of 1588
- father was a quick-tempered vicar of a small Wiltshire parish church.
- Disgraced after engaging in a brawl at his own church door, he disappeared and abandoned his three children to the care of his brother, a well-to-do glover in Malmesbury.
When Thomas was still a young boy, his father was involved in a confrontation with another parson and was forced to leave his home, wife, and children
- Thomas Hobbes' paternal uncle took charge of the care of the children, and he took a keen interest in young Thomas.
- Thomas was reading and writing at age four, acquired functional knowledge of Latin and Greek at age six, and went off to study at Oxford at the age of fifteen
When he was four years old, Hobbes was sent to school at Westport, then to a private school, and finally, at 15, to Magdalen Hall in the University of Oxford, where he took a traditional arts degree and in his spare time developed an interest in maps.
- Hobbes studied at Oxford for five years, and it is said that he was nonchalant about the course of study which he thought was "arid and old-fashioned"
- After graduating from Oxford, Hobbes worked as tutor and companion for the son of Lord Cavendish
.-Lord Cavendisn later became the first Earl of Devonshire, and the son whom Hobbes tutored was the same age as Hobbes.
- Through his association with this aristocratic family, Hobbes became personally acquainted with influential men in business and politics, and got to know the great scientists of the period. His acquaintances included such men as Galileo, Bacon, Descartes, and Harvey.
Hobbes traveled to many other European countries to meet with scientists and to study different forms of government
- During his time outside of England Hobbes became interested in why people allowed themselves to be ruled and what would be the best form of government for England.
- In 1651, Hobbes wrote his most famous work, called Leviathan