Jules Verne (1828-1905) was a French novelist, poet, and playwright best known for his pioneering science fiction works. He is often referred to as the "Father of Science Fiction" and is one of the most widely translated authors in the world. His works include Journey to the Center of the Earth (1864), Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea (1870), and Around the World in Eighty Days (1873). Verne's writing style was characterized by its vivid imagination, scientific accuracy, and attention to detail. He was also a passionate advocate for technological progress and exploration, which he believed could lead to a better future for humanity.