Michael Crichton resting head on left hand
Michael Crichton
Writer Novel
Date of Birth
Chicago, Illinois
MICHAEL CRICHTON (1942–2008) (Based on Characters Created by) was a writer and filmmaker, best known as the author of “Jurassic Park” and the creator of the television series ER.

Crichton graduated summa cum laude from Harvard College, received his MD from Harvard Medical School and was a postdoctoral fellow at the Salk Institute for Biological Studies. He taught courses in anthropology at Cambridge University and writing at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

While at Harvard, Crichton wrote novels under the pseudonyms John Lange and Jeffery Hudson. During this period, he published seven books, including “A Case of Need,” which won the Mystery Writers of America’s Edgar Award for Best Novel in 1969.
“The Andromeda Strain,” Crichton’s first best seller, was published under his own name. The movie rights for “The Andromeda Strain” were bought during his senior year at Harvard Medical School.

Crichton had a lifelong interest in computers. His feature film Westworld was the first to employ computer-generated special effects. Crichton’s pioneering use of computer programs for film production earned him an Academy Award® for Technical Achievement in 1995.

Crichton won Primetime Emmy, Peabody and Writers Guild of America awards for ER.
One of the most popular writers in the world, he has sold more than 200 million books. His novels have been translated into 40 languages and adapted into 15 films. Crichton also published four nonfiction books, including an illustrated study of artist Jasper Johns. Crichton remains the only person to simultaneously have the No. 1 book, film and television series in a given year.

In 2002, a newly discovered dinosaur of the ankylosaur group was named for him: Crichtonsaurus bohlini.

Crichton is survived by his wife, Sherri, his daughter, Taylor, and his son, John Michael.