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Born in Hammersmith, England, Gary Anthony James Webb was the son of a British Airways bus driver based at Heathrow Airport. Webb was educated at Town Farm Junior School in Stanwell, Surrey and Ashford County Grammar School, then Slough Grammar School, Berkshire and Brooklands Technical College, Surrey. He joined the Air Training Corps as a teenager. He then briefly did various jobs including fork lift truck driver, air conditioning ventilator fitter, and clerk in an accounts department. When Numan was 15 years old, his father bought him a Gibson Les Paul guitar, which he regards as his most treasured possession. He played in various bands, including Mean Street and The Lasers, before forming Tubeway Army with his uncle, Jess Lidyard, and Paul Gardiner. His initial pseudonym was "Valerian", probably in reference to the hero in French science fiction comic series Valérian and Laureline.Later he picked the name "Numan" from an advert in the Yellow Pages for a plumber named A. Neumann.


Gary Numan (born Gary Anthony James Webb on 8 March 1958) is an English singer, composer, and musician.
Numan is a positive atheist and has incorporated anti-religious motifs and images in his music.
Numan married a member of his own fan club, Gemma O'Neill.
In 2003 the couple had their first child, Raven and in 2005 they had a second daughter, Persia
In 2007 the couple had their third child, Echo. He published his autobiography, Praying to the Aliens, in 1997 (updated edition 1998), in collaboration with Steve Malins (Malins also wrote the liner notes for most of the CD reissues of Numan's albums in the late 1990s, as well as executive producing the Hybrid album in 2003). Numan has recently moved to East Sussex from Essex.
Numan is also known for his love of flying, a passion which has featured in some of his music videos ("Warriors", "I Can't Stop"). He has owned several small aircraft. He is one of a very small handful of flyers with the credentials and qualifications to train aerobatic instructor pilots. Numan has guest-starred on the BBC TV series "The Mighty Boosh", where a main character, Vince Noir, is a huge Numan fan. Numan recently stated that he likes to go sailing from time to time. Numan was also a member of the Air Training Corps. Numan's brother is also an accomplished pilot.
Numan has Asperger syndrome, an autism spectrum disorder which causes restricted social and communication skills. In a 2001 interview, he said: "Polite conversation has never been one of my strong points. Just recently I actually found out that I'd got a mild form of Asperger's syndrome which basically means I have trouble interacting with people. For years, I couldn't understand why people thought I was arrogant, but now it all makes more sense."

 

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