After graduating from the Harvard Medical School, Michael
Crichton embarked on a career as a writer and filmmaker.
Called "the father of the techno-thriller," his novels
include The Andromeda Strain, Congo, Jurassic Park ,
Timeline, Prey and State of Fear. He has also written four
books of non-fiction, including Five Patients, Travels, and
He has sold over 150 million books and his books have been
translated into thirty-six languages and twelve have been
made into films. He is also the creator of the television
series ER. He is the only person to have had, at the same
time, the number one book, the number one movie, and the
number one TV show in the United States.
Always interested in computers, Crichton ran a software
company, FilmTrack, which developed computer programs for
motion picture production in the 1980s; for this pioneering
work he won an Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences
Technical Achievement Award in 1995. His film Westworld was
first feature film to employ computer-generated special
Crichton has won an Emmy, a Peabody, and a Writer's Guild
of America award for ER. In 2003, a newly-discovered
armored dinosaur was named for him: Crichtonsaurus bohlini.
Crichton was named one of the "Fifty Most Beautiful People"
by People magazine in 1992, but, he observes, never again.
He is married and lives in Los Angeles.