Warren Lamb (1923-2014) was born in northern England and educated at Wallasey Grammar School.
At 16 he left school to join Lloyds Bank. In 1941 he enlisted in the Royal Navy. Following active service during World War II, he returned reluctantly to banking. A chance meeting with Rudolf Laban, the eminent European movement theorist, encouraged Lamb to pursue an interest in movement notation and the possibility for its use in behavioral analysis. He abandoned his banking career and enrolled in the Art of Movement Studio in Manchester, which was run by Laban’s colleague, Lisa Ullmann.