Jurassic Park was created by best-selling author Michael Crichton (1942-2008). Called the "Father of the Technothriller" he wrote over twenty novels, penned numerous screenplays, created the hit TV series E.R., directed eight movies, produced four movies and graduated from medical school. However he will always be remembered most for his Jurassic Park and The Lost World novels. You can learn all about him at The Official Site of Michael Crichton
Michael Crichton on the cover of Time Magazine
In 1995, Time Magazine featured Michael Crichton and the Jurassic Park phenomenon on it's cover. You can read the article here.
The Jurassic Park Books
Michael Crichton on The Charlie Rose Show
Michael Crichton appeared on The Charlie Rose Show in 1995 to discuss the release of his Jurassic Park sequel, The Lost World. It's an interesting interview that touches on a lot of topics including dinosaurs and the Jurassic Park movie:
In 2002 scientists at the Institute of Vertebrate Paleontology and Paleoanthropology of the Chinese Academy of Sciences named the new ankylosaurus species Crichtonsaurus bohlini in honor of Michael Crichton.
As a lifelong lover of dinosaurs and a student of evolution in college, he considered this a very great honor.