Jules Verne, the science fiction pioneer and visionary was born 183 years ago today.
It is hard to imagine that Jules Verne wrote Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea (1870), A Journey to the Center of the Earth (1864), and Around the World in Eighty Days (1873) right after the Civil War in the US and Second Empire in his native France.
Vernes works were so influential (and his predictions so relevant) that the US Navy named the first nuclear submarine the Nautilus (80 years) after the submarine in 20,000 Leagues. That’s not entirely an accident. One of Verne’s teachers and early influencers was French inventor Brutus de Villeroi, professor of drawing and mathematics at the college in 1842, and who later became famous for creating the US Navy’s first submarine, the USS Alligator.
Another interesting story that has to be inspirational to Google:
You can find his full works here.