Jacques Heath Futrelle (1875 - 1912) was an American journalist and mystery writer. He is best known for writing short detective stories featuring the "Thinking Machine", Professor Augustus S. F. X. Van Dusen.
In 1905, his Thinking Machine character first appeared in a serialized version of "The Problem of Cell 13".
Returning from Europe aboard the RMSTitanic, Futrelle, a first-cabin passenger, refused to board a lifeboat insisting his wife board instead, according to his wife, with the belief that her boarding would give him a better chance of surviving; he perished in the Atlantic.
Futrelle is used as the protagonist in The Titanic Murders, a novel about two murders aboard the Titanic, by Max Allan Collins.
From Archive - Audio:1. The Prisoner of Cell 13 (How will the "Thinking Machine" escape from Death Row in one week?)
7. The Problem of Cell 13, Part 1 and Part 2 by Jacques Futrelle (3rd and 4th Short story in Rivals of Sherlock Holmes - Vol 2)
8. The Problem of the Superfluous Finger by Jacques Futrelle (9th Short story in Rivals of Sherlock Holmes - Vol 2)
9a. The Scarlet Thread, part 1 by Jacques Futrelle (6th story in American Rivals of Sherlock Holmes)
9b. The Scarlet Thread, part 2 by Jacques Futrelle (7th story in American Rivals of Sherlock Holmes)