Peter Benchley, Author of Jaws 1974
Peter Bradford Benchley, author, screenwriter and ocean activist, was born on 8 May 1940 in New York and died of pulmonary fibrosis on 11 February 2006, in New Jersey. His bestselling novel, Jaws, about a huge bloodthirsty great white shark that terrorises the swimmers killing them, was what made him famous. He co-wrote the film adaptation of his novel, and some of his other works include, Beast, White Shark, The Island and The Deep. Eventually, he became an outspoken advocate for marine conservation, regretting writing such sensationalist literature about sharks. He felt that it only encouraged unnecessary culls and excessive fear of such an important predator in the ecosystem.