1940 – Born on the 8th of May in New York City.
1961 – He graduated in Harvard University.
1964 – He developed the idea of a man-eating shark terrorising a community after reading of a fisherman catching a 4,550 pound great white shark off the coast of Long Island.
1974 – He wrote the novel Jaws.
– Jaws was published and became a great success, staying on the bestseller list for some 44 weeks. Steven Spielberg has said that he initially found many of the characters unsympathetic and wanted the shark to win.
1976 – The Deep (novel).
1979 – The Island (novel).
1982 – The Girl of the Sea of Cortez (novel).
1986 – Q Clearance (novel).
1989 – Lush (novel), Rummies (novel).
1991 – Beast (novel).
– He returned to nautical themes, Beast written about a Giant squid threatening Bermuda.
1993 – Monstruo (novel).
1994 – White Shark (novel).
1997 – Peter Benchley’s Creature (novel).
2006 – Died of idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis, a progressive, fatal scarring of the lungs, at his home in Princeton, New Jersey, on the 11th of February.