Jacques Futrelle (April 9th, 1875 -
April 15th, 1912) was an American journalist and mystery writer.
He is best known for writing short detective stories featuring
Augustus S. F. X. Van Dusen, also known as "The Thinking Machine"
for his application of logic to any and all situations.
He died at the age of 37 aboard the RMS
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Professor Augustus S. F. X. Van Dusen, Ph. D., LL. D., F. R. S., M. D.
is a fictional character in a series of detective short stories (and two
novels) by Jacques Futrelle. Some of the short stories were originally
published in the Saturday Evening Post and the Boston American.
In the stories Professor Van Dusen
solves a variety of different mysteries together with his friend
Hutchinson Hatch, reporter of a fictional newspaper called "The Daily
New Yorker". The professor is known as the "Thinking Machine", solving
problems by the remorseless application of logic.