"Good, this is good. Here we are in the worst place in the world and we're not even being paid."
—Dr. Alan Grant(src)

Dr. Alan Grant is one of the main characters in the Jurassic Park Franchise. He is a paleontologist who was invited by John Hammond to his dinosaur park, Jurassic Park. Alan is portrayed very differently over the various canons:

Dr. Grant's hatEdit


Grant's hat

One of the most apparent characteristics of Dr. Grant is his fedora hat. In the first movie he always wears a hat, until it is blown from his head by the T. Rex. In Jurassic Park III he is again wearing a hat at the dig site, in the plane and at the island. He loses his hat in the Aviary while fleeing from the Pteranodons. At the end of the movie, when Billy and Alan meet again, Billy hands over Alan's hat. "I rescued your hat." Alan responds rather jokingly, "Well that's the important thing," and immediately puts it on his head.

Grant's habit to wear a hat and his devotion to it is not just an odd characteristic of Grant. For many paleontologists hats are very important. Jack Horner wrote about it in his book How to build a dinosaur:

"I can't say hats are as precious to paleontologists as they are to Texans, but they can be something of a signature, or talisman... Excavations are never, ever done in the shade. Where there is erosion and exposure, there is inevitable sun, and a hat, which is absolutely necessary, can gather memories and significance."[3]

Alan Grant's booksEdit

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Tim's book in the movies

In the various canons of the Jurassic Park Series Alan Grant writes a number of books.

The Lost World of the DinosaursEdit

It is clear from the novel Jurassic Park that Dr. Grant argues that dinosaurs evolved into birds. Tim Murphy reads it and agrees with Grant, stating he had "Dinosaurs on the brain".

Dinosaur DetectivesEdit

Essentially the film's depiction of The Lost World of the Dinosaurs. The film states that it was fully illustrated and was not as big as Robert Bakker's book. Tim carries a copy of the book around on his trip to Isla Nublar. The book was written by Alan Grant and Michael Backes (Backes was a friend and an occasional collaborator with author Michael Crichton. Backes served as the Display Graphics Supervisor on the movie. In the novel, Michael Crichton also included Backes' name as Chief Programmer of Jurassic Park.). The book also had a foreword by the Lord Richard Attenborough, the actor who portrayed John Hammond.

In Jurassic Park Adventures: Survivor a couple of quotes from the book appear:

When (the sauropods) ate North America empty, to traveled south to South America until that was empty. They just ate themselves out of existence.

Many scientists believe the dinosaurs never really died out 65 million years ago. These scientists believe dinosaurs live on today - as birds. The dinosaurs were too large and their food supply is too small, so the dinosaurs became a likely example of natural selection - in short, they were forced to adapt or perish.

Book about Jurassic ParkEdit

In Jurassic Park III Eric mentions a book that Alan Grant wrote about the Isla Nublar Incident. Eric sensed from this book that Alan somewhat disliked dinosaurs after the incident.

Pteranodon bookEdit

At the end of Jurassic Park Adventures: Flyers Alan Grants says he's planning to write a book about Pteranodons and their attack of Universal Studios.


The following objects based on Alan Grant appear in the Jurassic Park merchandise:

An I.D. pass contains Dr. Grant's signature.

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Dr. Alan Grant I.D. Pass

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  • In the film, Grant dislikes the kids at first, contrary to the father-like figure in the first Jurassic Park novel.
  • Grant is based on Jack Horner, a real-life paleontologist that helped the movie crew in making dinosaurs based on facts and discoveries in the real world.
  • In the Novel Grant tells the kids he had a wife who died years prior to the novel, this is never mentioned in any of the movies or comics.
  • Sam Neill speculated in 2016 that Alan Grant might be dead now.Yahoo Interview


"I hate computers."

"Try to imagine yourself in the Cretaceous Period. You get your first look at this "six foot turkey" as you enter a clearing. He moves like a bird, lightly, bobbing his head. And you keep still because you think that maybe his visual acuity is based on movement like T-Rex - he'll lose you if you don't move. But no, not Velociraptor. You stare at him, and he just stares right back. And that's when the attack comes. Not from the front, but from the side, [makes 'whooshing' sound] and the other two 'raptors you didn't even know were there. Because Velociraptor's a pack hunter, you see, he uses coordinated attack patterns and he is out in force today. And he slashes at you with this... a six-inch retractable claw, like a razor, on the middle toe. He doesn't bother to bite your jugular like a lion, say... no. He slashes at you here... or here... or maybe across the belly, spilling your intestines. The point is... you are alive when they start to eat you. So you know... try to show a little respect."

Alan: "Kids! You want to have one of those?"

Ellie: "I don't want that kid, but a breed of child, Dr. Grant, could be intriguing. I mean, what's so wrong with kids?"

Alan: "Oh, Ellie, look, they're noisy, they're messy, they're expensive."

Ellie: "Cheap... cheap..."

Alan: "They smell."

Ellie: "They do not smell!"

Alan: "Some of them smell."

Ellie: "Oh, give me a break!"

Alan: "Babies smell!"

Alan: "It's... It's a dinosaur" (near Brachiosaurus)

"Turn the light off, turn the light off" -' Grant after seeing Lex turn on a light moments after the T-Rex escapes.

"IAN, FREEZE!" - to Dr. Malcolm

Lex: "He left us!"

Alan: "But that's not what's I'm gonna do."

"Well, the world has changed so radically, and we're all running to catch up. I don't want to jump to any conclusions, but look: Dinosaurs and man, two species separated by sixty-five million years of evolution have just been suddenly thrown back into the mix together. How can we possibly have the slightest idea what to expect?"

"Mr. Hammond, the phones are working" - to John Hammond

"Mr. Hammond, after careful consideration, I've decided NOT to endorse your park!" - to John Hammond

"Mr. Kirby, there's no such thing as Kirby Enterprises is there?" - to Paul Kirby

"If I lose you, it's just me and the damn tourists!" - to Billy Brennan

"Billy, as far as I'm concerned, you're no better than the people that built this place!"- to Billy Brennan

"Well, that's the important thing" - response to Billy saving his hat

(to the computer programmer in the 1st movie) "Where's the fun in that?"


  1. Jurassic Park script, scene 5.
  2. Mike Taylor Interview. Retrieved from
  3. How to build a dinosaur (the new science of reverse evolution), Jack Horner & James Gorman, pg. 122.

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