Born in Brittany (a Celtic region in France) on February 8, 1828. I have to say, I like his eyes. He looks like he was a pleasant, merry sort of person. And if you haven’t seen it yet, pop over to Google and play with the doodle they have in his honor. Warning: May induce sea sickness! It didn’t go live in the US until several hours after it was live in France.
The father of science fiction, he foresaw manned space flight, moon landings, submarines. His most famous works are of course Twenty-thousand Leagues Under the Sea, Around the World in Eighty Days, and A Journey to the Center of the Earth. Although he is well thought of in France as a writer of quality literature, the English translations have sometimes been less than stellar, leading to a diminished opinion of him in the English-speaking world. Hopefully those days are behind us (him). I wish I could read him in his native French, zut alors!