Pierre Boulle is a French author most famous for writing The Bridge On The River Kwai (Le Pont de la rivière Kwai) and Monkey Planet (La Planète des singes, which was adapted into the movie Planet Of The Apes).
Although an electrical engineer
by trade, Boulle moved to Malay
in 1938 and became an overseer at a rubber plantation. During World War II
, he signed on as a soldier
, and then moved on to work as secret agent
and member of the resistance
in the Pacific Theater
He spent about a year in a Japanese POW
camp, and his experiences there are echoed in the aforementioned books.