Jules Verne was a 19th century French novelist and science fiction writer.
Upon her revival in the 24th century, Amelia Earhart, unconvinced of what she was hearing about the USS Voyager, stated that space travel was purely science fiction, such as the work of Verne. (VOY: "The 37's")
Among his works was the novel 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea, which served as an influence on a young Tom Paris. (VOY: "Thirty Days")
A Federation Type 6 shuttlecraft was named for him in the 24th century. (TNG: "Aquiel")
Background information Edit
This character was only mentioned in dialogue.
Verne was born in 1828 and died in 1905. His other written works included From the Earth to the Moon, A Journey to the Center of the Earth, and The Mysterious Island. (Star Trek Encyclopedia (4th ed., vol. 2, p. 457))
The script of the Star Trek: Deep Space Nine episode "Explorers" described the interior of the Bajoran lightship as having "an almost Jules Verne feel to it". 
Several characters and locations in the Star Trek universe are references to Verne, including Annorax and the gulag Rura Penthe.