born Feb. 8, 1828, Nantes, France
died March 24, 1905, Amiens
He studied law then worked as a stockbroker while writing plays and stories. The first of his romantic adventures (voyages extraordinaires), Five Weeks in a Balloon (1863), was highly successful. His subsequent voyages - with increasingly fantastic yet carefully conceived scientific wonders that often anticipated 20th-century technological achievements - include A Journey to the Centre of the Earth (1864), Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea (1870), and Around the World in Eighty Days (1873). Verne’s work shaped the entire development of science fiction.
Jules Verne is quoted in:
Last Order, volume 12, Angel Redux, page 81 - Homme du Feu is a character from the short story Les Indes noires (Black India). The text below was given by Invincible in Ripper's Anime forum.
The main antagonist in the story is Silfax, an old miner that was charged to prevent firedamp explosions in mines. Jules Verne gave the English name, Fireman and translated it as Homme du Feu.
The Fireman was given another nickname: The Penitent, because his long robes with a hood gave him the appearance of a monk.
Lastly, Silfax thought he had been given by Nature itself the charge to keep an eye and defend a coal vein, because it was a gift from Nature itself. It rather sounds like the Biovouivre’s scientist’s speech to Zekka about his genes and the necessity to protect.
Add to it the fact Verne is consistent with the French Third Republic theme, and I think we can say a source of Kishiro’s inspiration was discovered.