Jules Verne, (born Feb. 8, 1828, Nantes, France-died March 24, 1905, Amiens), prolific French author whose writings laid much of the foundation of modern science fiction.
Verne's father, intending that Jules follow in his footsteps as an attorney, sent him to Paris to study law. But the young Verne fell in love with literature, especially theatre. He wrote several plays, worked as secretary of the Théâtre Lyrique (1852-54), and published short stories and scientific essays in the periodical Musée des familles. In 1857 Verne married and for several years worked as a broker at the Paris Stock Market.