Hugh John Lofting (14 January 1886 – 26 September 1947) was a British author, trained as a civil engineer, who created the character of Doctor Dolittle, one of the classics of children’s literature.
He travelled widely as a civil engineer, before enlisting in the Irish Guards regiment of the British Army to serve in the First World War. Not wishing to write to his children about the brutality of the war, he wrote imaginative letters which later became the foundation of the successful Doctor Dolittle novels for children.
The series has been adapted for film and television many times, for stage twice, and also for radio. His other writing works include, “The Story of Mrs Tubbs (1923) and Tommy, Tilly, and Mrs. Tubbs (1936) , Porridge Poetry (1924), Noisy Nora (1929) & The Twilight of Magic (1930) .