Born in 1859 in Edinburgh, Scotland, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
wrote his first story at the tender age of six. Though he
later schooled and trained to become a physician, he carried his
love of story-telling with him and authored his first Sherlock
Holmes tale, "A Study in Scarlet," in 1887. The character,
Holmes, was modeled after fellow physician and surgeon, Dr. Joseph
Bell, who had been known for his acute powers of deductive
observation. In his real life, Doyle worked in the name
of justice too. He personally investigated two cases of
innocent men who had been wrongfully imprisoned and helped to get
them exonerated for their "crimes."
Doyle married twice (his first wife, Louisa Hawkins, died from
tuberculosis) and fathered 5 children. He became intensely
interested in the spiritualism following numerous deaths in his
life, including Louisa and his son, Kingsley.