Pierre Boulle (1912-1994) received popularity as a French book writer. Some of his popular books include Planet of the Apes (1963) and The Bridge over the River Kwai (1952). Boulle became an engineer and joined the Free French as a secret agent in Singapore. Captured during the time he experienced two years of forced labour. He wrote the book Bridge over the River Kwai based on his encounters. The book turned into an exceptionally popular production. The Planet of the Apes also changed into an Oscar award-winning movie. Boulle studied at École supérieure d’électricité (Supélec) and received his engineering degree in 1933. He also worked as a technician in Malaya, assisting at the rubber plantations. Besides the well-known novels, Boulle published a range of novels, non-fiction books and short stories.
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