Michael Crichton was born in 1942, in Chicago. He was raised in Roslyn, New York where he played basketball at Roslyn High School a task aided by his height which in 10th grade was 6 foot 7 inches, he is now 6 ft 9 in. Michael has had 3 former wives with his current wife being Anne-Marie Martin. He has one daughter named Taylor.
He went to Harvard University where he was told by his teachers that he was not a good writer. After plagiarizing an essay of George Orwellâ€™s and submitting it to his English professor, and getting a B- decided that the English department at Harvard was to tough for him. At this conclusion he decided to study anthropology. In 195 he graduated from Harvard â€œsumma cum laudeâ€ with a major in anthropology.
At the age of 23, Michael Crichton was a visiting lecturer in anthropology at Cambridge University, in England. After a year of this he left to pursue a medical career by attending Harvard Medical School where he graduated in 1969. That same year he won the Edgar award for the best mystery of the year, whit his book A Case of Need, written under the pseudonym Jeffrey Hudson. Jeffrey Hudson was one of three pseudonyms that Michael Crichton used. The other two were John Lange, and Michael Dougless. These names he used during his internship to publish a few books which include under John Lange: Binary, Drug of Choice, Grave Descend, Zero Cool, Venom Business, Easy Go, Scratch One and Odds On. Using Jeffrey Hudson, just the above stated A Case of Need, he created a pseudonym, Douglass Crichton, using Michael Douglassâ€™s, his brother, and his first names, Dealings was written with his brother, ,. These thrillers paid his way through medical school. In his last year of medical school, his book Andromeda Strain was published. It was a best-seller and was sold by Michael Crichton to Hollywood where it was made into a movie directed by Robert Wise.