John Arnold is the chain-smoking chief engineer at Jurassic
Park. He is very experienced, and helped to build Disney World,
in Orlando. He disagrees with Malcolm regarding chaos theory.
Mike and Ellie Bowman, with their young daughter Tina, go to
Costa Rica for a vacation. Tina is bitten by a lizard.
Bobbie Carter is the American doctor in Costa Rica who treats
the man who is mauled by a dinosaur at the beginning of the
Lewis Dodgson is head of product development at the Biosyn Corporation.
He is known as the most aggressive geneticist of his generation.
He is unethical in his research, and his work at Biosyn involves
Donald Gennaro is the lawyer who represents the Hammond Foundation.
He is a former investment banker who helped Hammond raise the
money to start the InGen corporation. Grant dislikes him.
Alan Grant is a forty-year-old professor of paleontology at
the University of Denver, one of the foremost researchers in
his field. He is also a consultant to the Hammond Foundation.
Grant is the main character in the novel. He takes care of the
children after they are all attacked by the tyrannosaur, and
gets them safely through all the obstacles and scary moments
they face. With his knowledge of dinosaurs he is able to fill
in crucial pieces of information.
Marty Guitierrez is the American doctor who treats Tina Bowman
at the hospital in Costa Rica. It is Guitierrez who sends the
remains of a dead lizard similar to the one that bit Tina to
Columbia University for identification.
John Hammond is the founder of the Hammond Foundation. He is
in his mid- to late-seventies. He is a flamboyant man, a born
showman, who is so full of his vision for a dinosaur theme park
that he refuses to face the fact that there are problems with
it. He is eventually a victim of his own creation, when he is
killed by scavengers called procompsognathids, known as compys.
Dr. Harding is the veterinarian at Jurassic Park. He was formerly
the chief of veterinary medicine at the San Diego Zoo, and he
is the world’s leading expert on avian care.
Alice Levin is Richard Stone’s assistant. She believes
that the drawing Tina Bowman made of the creature that attacked
her is of a dinosaur.
Ian Malcolm is a mathematician at the University of Texas in
Austin. He is thirty-five, thin and balding, and he dresses
entirely in black or gray. He is an expert in chaos theory and
believes all along that the park will end in disaster. He dies
after being attacked by a tyrannosaur.
Bob Morris is a lawyer with the Environmental Protection Agency
in San Francisco. He is investigating the Hammond Foundation
and visits Grant in Montana to unearth information.
Robert Muldoon is the fifty-year-old park game warden. He spend
most of his life as a guide for African big-game hunters, but
over the last ten years he has worked for conservation groups
and zoo designers ad a wildlife consultant. He is more aware
than the others of the dangers posed by the dinosaurs.
Lex Murphy is Tim’s seven- or eight-year-old sister. She
goes through many scrapes but is unharmed.
Tim Murphy is the eleven-year-old grandson of John Hammond.
He has a great interest in dinosaurs. He also plays a key part
in the action when he figures out the computer system and switches
the power on again when no one else knows how to do it.
Dennis Nedry is the fat and sloppy computer expert who created
the control system used at the dinosaur park. But he was not
told what the park was for. Nedry is also the man recruited
by Dodgson to steal frozen dinosaur embryos. His attempt to
do so ends in his death.
Ed Regis is head of public relations for Jurassic Park. When
the Land Cruisers get stuck and he sees a tyrannosaur, he runs
for his life. Later he is ashamed of himself for abandoning
the children. Then he is attacked and killed by a juvenile tyrannosaur.
Ellie Sattler, who is twenty-four and a strikingly attractive
blond, is Alan Grant’s graduate assistant. She is a paleobotanist.
She helps take care of Malcolm, and plays a key role in distracting
the raptors at a crucial moment in the story.
Richard Stone is head of the Tropical Diseases Laboratory of
Columbia University Medical Center. He receives the fragment
of the unidentified lizard from Costa Rica, but refuses to take
seriously Alice Levin’s comment that it is a dinosaur.
Henry Wu is the chief geneticist at Jurassic Park. He is a slender
man in his thirties who has worked for Hammond all his professional
life. He extracts the DNA and recreates the correct DNA sequences.
He is confident that Jurassic Park is an authentic environment
and that the animals cannot breed. Wu is eventually killed by