Crichton was born in Chicago, in 1942. He was educated
at Harvard College, graduating in 1965 with a degree in anthropology.
Deciding to become a doctor, he attended Harvard Medical School
and graduated with an MD in 1969. To pay his way through medical
school, he wrote spy thrillers under another name. One of these
books, A Case of Need, won the Edgar Award for the Best Mystery
of the Year. His first novel under his own name was The Andromeda
Strain, which was published in his last year of medical school.
It became a best-seller and was made into a successful Hollywood
not to pursue a career in medicine. In 1969-70 he was a postdoctoral
fellow at the Salk Institute for Biological Science in La Jolla,
California. After this he devoted himself full-time to writing.
His ability to take the latest scientific and technological
issues and make them material for fast-paced thrillers ensured
his status as a regular best-selling author. His books include
The Terminal Man, The Great Train Robbery, Eaters of the Dead,
Congo, Sphere, Rising Sun, Jurassic Park and its sequel The
Lost World, Disclosure, Airframe, Timeline and Prey: A Novel.
novels have been translated into twenty-four languages. He has
also directed seven movies, including Westworld and Coma, any
of his own books have been made into movies, including The Andromeda
Strain, Congo, Jurassic Park, The Lost World, Rising Sun and
Crichton has also
directed movies and written screenplays, including Twister,
which he co-wrote with his wife. He is also the creator and
executive producer of the popular television series ER. In addition
to his novels, he has also written four books of nonfiction,
including Five Patients, Jasper Johns, and his autobiography,