Jules Verne is best known for novels such as Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea (1870), A Journey to the Center of the Earth (1864), and Around the World in Eighty Days (1873).
Verne wrote about space, air, and underwater travel before such means of conveyance were invented or became practical. According to Index Translationum, Jules Verne is the third most translated individual author in the world. His work continues to enthrall readers and movie-goers as many of his books have been made into films over the years.
Verne, along with Hugo Gernsback and H. G. Wells, is often popularly referred to as the “Father of Science Fiction”.
Source: Wikipedia, 2011