Godfrey Harold Hardy was born on February 7, 1877, in Cranleigh, Surrey, United Kingdom. His father, Isaac Hardy, was bursar and an art master at Cranleigh school. His mother Sophia had been a teacher at Lincoln Teacher's Training School. Both his parents came from poor families and were unable to afford university education for themselves, but they were people with a taste for intellectual and cultural pursuits and had made a place for themselves as schoolteachers. They took great pains to educate their children well, and both Hardy and his sister Gertrude inherited their parent’s love for education and the intellect.