Lewis Dodgson is an American businessman employed by BioSyn Genetics for over twenty years. Little is known about him, but he is known for unscrupulous practices and white-collar crime. As of 2021, he was the CEO of BioSyn.
Dodgson has avoided most of the legal consequences of his crimes through extensive use of proxies. His most serious crime may have been conspiracy to steal trade secrets from a rival corporation, which led to an incident in 1993 that caused the deaths of at least thirteen people and millions of dollars in damages.
The given name Lewis originates from the Norman personal name Lowis and the Latin Lodovicus; it is more traditionally a surname. It references athletic ability, describing the individual as either a famed warrior or a victorious athelete. The name is also related to the Hebrew name Levi, indicating a member of the Levite heritage.
The surname Dodgson means “son of Dodge,” with Dodge being a medieval nickname for Rodger. It is of English origin, first appearing in ancient Worcestershire.
Nothing is currently known about Dodgson’s early life, including his place and date of birth. The actor chosen to portray him, Campbell Scott, was born in 1959.
Employment at BioSyn
Sometime before 1993, Lewis Dodgson was employed by BioSyn, an American biotechnology company and one of the major competing brands in its field. The company’s primary rival was International Genetic Technologies, Inc., based out of Palo Alto and San Diego; this company was at the time headed by the Scottish entrepreneur Dr. John Parker Alfred Hammond.
Dodgson eventually learned that InGen had cracked the secret of de-extinction, obtaining viable ancient DNA in order to clone organisms that had gone extinct millions of years ago. BioSyn had intentions to obtain this technology itself, but InGen’s research was being carried out at remote locations: Isla Nublar, a volcanic island 120 miles west of Costa Rica, and the Muertes Archipelago even farther west. This safely insulated their secrets from the prying eyes of rival corporations.
By 1993, Dodgson had formulated a plan to obtain viable embryos of some of the prehistoric species InGen had cloned. He learned that Jurassic Park‘s chief programmer, a man named Dennis T. Nedry, had become increasingly dissatisfied with his treatment on the job as well as his salary and was therefore easily persuaded to engage in corporate espionage. Dodgson bribed Nedry to steal preserved and viable dinosaur embryos from the Jurassic Park cold storage room, delivering them to a contact at the East Dock just as most of the Park employees were leaving for the weekend. This was planned to occur on June 11, when the senior staff would be preoccupied with an endorsement tour of the Park.
Dodgson recruited two other team members as a backup plan. Miles Chadwick, a BioSyn employee, was already planned to act as the East Dock contact; he was to arrive at Isla Nublar while posing as an InGen employee, receive the embryos, and leave on board the InGen vessel C-3208 before he was exposed. In the event that Nedry betrayed him, Chadwick employed Nima Cruz, a former inhabitant of Isla Nublar, to finish the job. Cruz’s knowledge of the island layout would permit her to track down Nedry with ease. Dodgson did not trust Cruz, but Chadwick ensured that she remained ignorant of Jurassic Park’s existence.
On June 10, 1993, Dodgson met with Nedry at a restaurant in San José, Costa Rica to discuss the plan. He wore a hat and sunglasses to disguise himself from people who might recognize him, but was exposed by Nedry; it appears that no one at the restaurant knew Dodgson by sight or surname, so he was safe. In order for Nedry to smuggle the embryos off Isla Nublar without alerting customs agents or InGen employees, the cryopreservation canister meant to hold the samples was designed to appear as a Barbasol shaving cream can, complete with a shaving cream dispenser. There was enough coolant inside to last forty-six hours, ensuring that the embryos were still alive and viable when they arrived to BioSyn. Unbeknownst to Nedry, the canister also was equipped with a tracking device that would allow Chadwick and Cruz to find Nedry should he fail to show. Nedry assured Dodgson that he had a plan in place to smuggle the embryos to the East Dock before InGen noticed anything was wrong; this plan involved the whte_rbt.obj command, which would disable keystroke logging and permit him to shut down Jurassic Park’s security systems. Dodgson paid Nedry US $750,000 up front, with an additional $50,000 promised for each viable embryo delivered for a grand total of $1,500,000 (more than $2,660,000 as of 2019 after adjusting for inflation). It is unclear how much he planned to pay Chadwick or Cruz for their involvement.
Nedry returned to his job at Jurassic Park, and Dodgson’s other two spies traveled to the island via C-3208 and reached the East Dock on June 11. To facilitate Nedry’s escape from the island should it be necessary, Dodgson ensured that a boat with the reward money in American cash was waiting at the North Dock. C-3208 was scheduled to take all non-essential personnel to the mainland for the weekend at 7:00pm CST, but the departure time was moved up due to inclement weather. Dodgson communicated with Chadwick, using the codename “Osprey” to avoid suspicion. When Nedry failed to show, despite having just spoken to Chadwick from the control room, Dodgson trusted his spies to retrieve the canister and the embryos within. They left to track Nedry through the jungle, and Dodgson never heard from them again.
June 11, 1993 passed, as did June 12. By June 13, it was clear that none of his corporate spies were coming back, having either died or betrayed him. Nedry’s death was listed as an animal attack in official InGen reports, and no one knew Chadwick was on the island at all; his death was not recorded. There is no official record of Cruz’s fate, though the boat left by Dodgson at the North Dock was used by other victims of the incident to escape (the money was used to provide housing and education to Cruz’s daughter Atlanta). The cryopreservation device was lost.
The incident led to the deaths not only of Nedry and Chadwick, but to two other senior InGen staff (Ray Arnold and Robert Muldoon), an InGen legal consultant (Donald Gennaro), two InGen researchers (Dr. Laura Sorkin and David Banks), and six mercenaries hired by InGen to evacuate survivors (Billy Yoder, Oscar Morales, Danny Cafaro, Linares, Vargas, and Garza). The incident was a severe delay to the Jurassic Park project and a financial disaster that left InGen on the brink of Chapter 11 bankruptcy. Dodgson himself was short over a million dollars with nothing to show for it; the money had presumably come from BioSyn.
With Isla Nublar abandoned, the dinosaurs were left to their own devices. InGen’s own sources stated that the animals would probably have died out, but in 1994 they were found to have survived despite lack of care. InGen kept their existence a closely-guarded secret; it is unknown if BioSyn corporate spies learned of the animals’ survival at that time.
Despite his failure, Dodgson continued to rise through the ranks of BioSyn.
One of the survivors of the 1993 incident, American mathematician Dr. Ian Malcolm, spoke publicly on television in 1995 about what had happened on Isla Nublar. He was widely regarded as a fraud and discredited. In late 1996, InGen began proceedings to remove John Hammond as CEO, replacing him with Peter Ludlow, who enacted plans to reopen Jurassic Park’s original planned location in San Diego. On February 23, 1997, a male Tyrannosaurus rex was accidentally released in the city, revealing de-extinction to the public.
Ludlow died during the incident in San Diego, leaving InGen even closer to disaster. The company was saved by corporate buyout on the part of Masrani Global Corporation. Its CEO, Simon Masrani, announced in 2003 that InGen was in the process of rebuilding Jurassic Park, this time called Jurassic World. The park opened its gates on May 30, 2005 and operated until December 22, 2015, at which point a serious lapse in safety procedures closed it permanently.
By 2021, Dodgson had become the CEO of BioSyn.
Between 1997 and 2018, poaching was known to have occurred in the Gulf of Fernandez, with highly suspected cases of dinosaurs being brought to the mainland. It is unconfirmed whether BioSyn was involve with these incidents, which peaked in roughly 2013.
The park closes, the world opens
Throughout 2017 and 2018, controversy swirled around Isla Nublar as volcanic activity on the island threatened to kill off the animals there. On June 22, the United States government announced its plan to do nothing, allowing the animals to die. The following day, an operation was carried out by the Dinosaur Protection Group funded by Benjamin Lockwood to remove dinosaurs from Isla Nublar and relocate them safely. This operation was carried out by Lockwood’s estate manager Eli Mills, who had the animals relocated to the Lockwood estate where several were sold on the black market; most of the animals escaped into the forests near Orick, California during the night of June 24. The eruption also drove numerous pterosaurs from the island, scattering them along the Pacific coast of the Americas. The park’s Mosasaurus had been released from the island two years prior during another secretive incident. These events combined placed dinosaurs and other de-extinct organisms in closer proximity to civilization than ever before.
Dodgson is a skilled businessman, able to recover from major failures and continue to advance his standing. He accomplishes many of his achievements through illegal activity, which itself is an unfortunately common occurrence in corporatism. Dodgson is knowledgeable enough to leave few traces of his crimes and avoid legal consequences. He is willing to invest heavily in high-risk enterprises.
By 2021, Dodgson had become the CEO of BioSyn, a company where he had worked for over twenty-five years.
Much of Dodgson’s success comes from his willingness to turn to crime in order to get ahead, making him an efficient capitalist. His most prominent crimes involve corporate espionage, using proxies to avoid being involved directly in the espionage. He has not only convinced his own employees to act as corporate spies, he has used bribery to win the help of disgruntled employees of rival companies; this was attempted during the 1993 incident on Isla Nublar, though that effort was a failure.
Dodgson uses surprisingly advanced devices to hide evidence of espionage, such as disguising a cryopreservation capsule as a fully-functional can of Barbasol shaving cream. He makes use of rudimentary disguises and codenames when engaging in espionage, and is wary of introducing too many people into a scheme (particularly those he does not know). In public, he tries to avoid being called by his real name, though he is not as widely-known as his wariness would imply. Part of this is due to BioSyn’s less prominent position than InGen in the public eye.
While he is not an agreeable man by any means, Dodgson understands human behavior well enough to predict and manipulate it. He is able to determine which employee of a rival corporation is most likely to participate in corporate espionage, appealing to that person’s motivations and interests to get them to do what he wants. For example, while his Barbasol canister was chiefly to avoid arousing suspicion at customs and border control, it also acted like a device out of a classic spy movie, which Dennis Nedry assuredly found entertaining and exciting. While he did not trust Nima Cruz, he understood that her devotion to her daughter’s well-being would make her more likely to engage in corporate espionage in exchange for the money needed to live in a better neighborhood.
On business ethics
Dodgson has a disregard for ethical guidelines, believing that any means necessary for a company’s success should be taken advantage of. He is known to have pursued de-extinction technology for over twenty years, knowingly committing serious crimes to do so. He did not cease even after his efforts led to the deaths of his own co-conspirators and numerous other people. Dodgson’s ruthlessness makes him a successful capitalist, leading to him becoming the CEO of BioSyn.
Having been employed at the company since at least 1993, Dodgson is a longtime part of the BioSyn family and has always been extremely devoted to its success. He is willing to commit serious crimes to get BioSyn ahead of its competitors. Probably because of his loyalty and disregard for ethics and empathy, Dodgson is highly valued by BioSyn in spite of his failures (his efforts to steal de-extinction technology in 1993 left BioSyn $1,500,000 or more in the hole).
By 2021, Dodgson had become the CEO of BioSyn.
International Genetic Technologies, Inc. was BioSyn’s most prominent rival for many decades, due in large part to its brilliant geneticists including Dr. Henry Wu. During the 1993 incident in which Dodgson’s corporate spies attacked Jurassic Park, the company’s CEO was John Hammond. He, and all the Park’s employees, were devastated by the 1993 incident which stalled the Park’s development and caused the deaths of multiple InGen personnel. Hammond was succeeded as CEO by Peter Ludlow in 1997, who led a failed attempt to resurrect Jurassic Park, and then by Simon Masrani in 1998, who successfully opened Jurassic World in 2005. During all this time, BioSyn remained a rival to InGen, but never overtook it until after Jurassic World closed permanently in 2015. Dodgson remained interested in obtaining the genetic engineering technologies InGen pioneered, especially the secrets of de-extinction.
The release of InGen-bred animals from the Lockwood estate in 2018 gave BioSyn the opportunity to obtain as many specimens as they needed to perform their research.
In 1993, Dodgson’s employee Miles Chadwick was one of his most trusted people at BioSyn. He considered Chadwick loyal enough to BioSyn to commit corporate espionage on their behalf, and his trust was not misplaced. Chadwick participated in the attempted theft of dinosaur embryos from Jurassic Park, planning to meet their mole Dennis Nedry at the East Dock and escape the island with the embryos on an InGen transport vessel. Chadwick hired local woman Nima Cruz to assist with this effort, which Dodgson disapproved of; however, he permitted Chadwick to bring Cruz along due to her knowledge of the island and her desperate need for money.
Chadwick does not appear to have liked Dodgson, considering his codenames and spying techniques over-the-top and unnecessary. He was heard to complain about Dodgson during the mission. Nonetheless, he cooperated to help BioSyn succeed and likely to gain a healthy share of the resulting spoils. Chadwick ultimately died while trying to complete the mission.
Dennis T. Nedry
To complete his attempted theft of dinosaur embryos from Jurassic Park in 1993, Dodgson relied heavily on his inside man Dennis Nedry. The Park’s chief programmer had grown increasingly frustrated with his job and his employer, and Dodgson knew a disgruntled employee was just the in he needed to steal from InGen. Dodgson and Nedry worked out a plan to shut down the Park’s security systems for long enough to retrieve the embryos from cold storage, deliver them to Chadwick at the East Dock, and return to the control room before InGen knew anything had been taken. Dodgson paid Nedry $750,000 up front for the job, offering an additional $50,000 per specimen.
Whether Dodgson trusted Nedry is a matter of debate. He clearly believed that the job would be done successfully one way or another, providing an escape boat at the North Dock with the full amount of reward money unguarded during the incident. At the same time, he equipped the cryopreservation canister used to hold the embryos with a tracking device, which Nedry did not appear aware of. This kind of haphazard behavior makes it unclear who, if anyone, Dodgson trusted during the operation. Dodgson’s bribe and Nedry’s acceptance of it ended in disaster; Nedry himself was one of the victims of the incident that he caused.
There is currently no evidence that Dodgson met his second spy, Nima Cruz, in person; she was hired by his original spy Miles Chadwick. He did not trust Cruz, but upon learning that she had lived on Isla Nublar until the early 1980s and had a daughter in the Costa Rican slums, Dodgson understood that she could be a major asset to the mission. Cruz had never heard of BioSyn, was unaware of who Dodgson was, and was never informed about Jurassic Park; she was only there to navigate the island in the event Nedry failed to show. This situation occurred just as Chadwick had planned for, but conditions on the island quickly worsened. Cruz’s fate is unknown; she did not deliver the embryos to Dodgson, but the money left at the North Dock was taken and used to move her daughter into a better neighborhood and fund her education.
Lewis Dodgson was portrayed by Cameron Thor in Jurassic Park. He was loosely based on the character of the same name in Michael Crichton‘s novels. After he was found guilty of sexual assault on a child in 2016, Cameron Thor was expelled from the franchise and replaced by Campbell Scott for Jurassic World: Dominion.
In earlier scripts for Jurassic Park, the character of Dodgson was to be replaced with a different man named William “Bill” Baker.