A specialist in science-related thrillers, Michael Crichton wrote some of the most popular mass-market novels of the 1980s and 1990s, including Jurassic Park.
He attended Harvard and trained as a doctor; before graduating from medical school he had already written the best-selling thriller The Andromeda Strain
(1969). Crichton wrote hit novels, including The Terminal Man
(1972) and Rising Sun
(1992), and also directed several movies, including the film of his own 1975 novel The Great Train Robbery
(1979, with Sean Connery
). Crichton's popularity boomed in the 1990s, when his book Jurassic Park
was made into a hit movie by director Steven Spielberg
. Crichton also created the Emmy-winning TV series E.R.,
which had a run of 15 seasons (1994-2009). His 2004 novel State of Fear
questioned the scientific validity of global warming, giving Crichton a reputation as a climate change skeptic; in 2005 he testified before a Senate committee and had a private visit with President George W. Bush
to discuss the issue.