Jules Gabriel Verne was a French author who pioneered the genre of science-fiction. He is best known for his novels
Journey to the Center of the Earth
Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea
Around the World in Eighty Days
Verne wrote about space, air, and underwater travel before navigable aircraft and practical submarines were invented, and before any means of space travel had been devised. He is the third most translated author of all time, behind Disney Productions and Agatha Christie. His prominent novels have been made into films. Verne, along with H. G. Wells, is often referred to as the "Father of Science Fiction".