Boole was born in Lincoln in 1815 to a shoemaker and had little formal schooling beyond primary school.
At the age of 16 he was forced to become the main breadwinner for his parents and three younger siblings after his father’s business collasped.
He became a teacher in Doncaster and Liverpool before returning to Lincoln where he got involved in the local Lincoln Mechanics’ Institution when it was founded in 1833.
From there he began to learn mathematics but it took him several years to master calculus as he had no tutor.
#3:. He was a polymath
In addition to mathematics, he also taught himself French, German and Latin.
Once he had mastered those languages, he went on to teach himself Greek and translated a poem by the ancient Greek poet Meleager which his father had published in 1828 when he was just 14.
This led to a local controversy as a Lincoln schoolmaster claimed a 14 year old boy with little formal schooling could not possibly have done it by himself.