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Michael Crichton Biography


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Michael Crichton


When Michael Crichton Lived:

October 23, 1942 - November 4, 2008
Michael Crichton was born in Chicago in 1942. He died of cancer at the age of 66.


Crichton was raised in Long Island and had two sisters and one younger brother.


Crichton attended Harvard College and graduated summa cum laude in 1964. He was the Henry Russell Shaw Traveling Fellow from 1964 to 1965 and Visiting Lecturer in Anthropology at the University of Cambridge in the United Kingdom in 1965. He graduated from Harvard Medical School in 1969.


Crichton was married five times and divorced four times. He had one daughter.

Michael Crichton's Books:

Crichton published 25 novels and four nonfiction books, and was best known for The Andromeda Strain and Jurassic Park. His books were often cautionary tales about complex systems breaking down. The last novel he published before his death was Next.

Michael Crichton Movies:

Many of Crichton's books, including Jurassic Park, were adapted into movies. Crichton also wrote or co-wrote several screenplays, including Twister.

TV Shows:

Michael Crichton was the creator and executive producer of the hit TV show, ER.

Computer Games:

Crichton created a graphical text adventure game called Amazon that was released in 1984. In 1999, Crichton founded Timeline Computer Entertainment with David Smith. The company only ever published one game, Timeline.

Michael Crichton and Science:

Crichton generated a lot of controversy with his views on science and technology. In particular, his skepticism about global warming was highly criticized by the scientific community.
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