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"We will save them. What a gift...for our children."
—Sir Benjamin talking to Claire Dearing(src)

Sir Benjamin Lockwood was the former business partner of John Hammond in the creation of InGen and the technology to bring back dinosaurs that eventually led to Jurassic Park.

Background

Sir Benjamin Lockwood was the Master of Lockwood Manor. At an unknown point he married an unknown woman and had a daughter, Maisie Lockwood. Maisie was raised by Sir Benjamin and his housekeeper Iris at the manor. Like her father, Maisie had a great love for dinosaurs.

Lockwood was business partners with the Scottish businessman John Hammond. The two were good friends and they shared a dream of bringing back dinosaurs from extinction. In order to pursue this dream, Lockwood and Hammond used their respecive fortunes and built a laboratory in the subbasement of Lockwood's home. They hired geneticist Dr. Henry Wu to aid them in the genetics work. They succeeded by the mid 1980s and together afterward created InGen, a genetics company whose goal was to continue development of cloning dinosaurs. Operations were then moved to Site B on Isla Sorna where the dinosaurs were bred and released into the wild for study. Eventually the company also acquired Isla Nublar on which they built Jurassic Park, a zoological attraction intended for guests around the world to see dinosaurs up close. This was to complete Lockwood and Hammond's dream and also build up the funds for the massive expenses of cloning dinosaurs. At some point prior to the Isla Nublar Incident in 1993, Lockwood's daughter visited the park. After the collapse of Jurassic Park (due to both natural weather events and corporate sabotage), Lockwood's daughter and her husband were killed in a car accident. This event devestated Lockwood who now had no blood relatives alive. However, as he still possessed the equipment capable of cloning dinosaurs within his subbasement, Lockwood began attempts to clone his daughter to "bring her back". John Hammond somehow discovered what Lockwood was doing and declared Lockwood's actions to be "an unholy thing" while Lockwood was adamant in his aims. This led to the two falling out with Lockwood residing in seclusion at Lockwood Manor and Hammond changing his goals with InGen (leading to his mission to protect Isla Sorna from InGen in 1997). John Hammond died in 1998 from old age and gave his blessing to Indian billionaire Simon Masrani to build another park, Jurassic World. Masrani's company, the Masrani Global Corporation, would buy InGen and all its assets (including both Isla Nublar and Isla Sorna). In 2009, Lockwood finally succeeded after several trials to clone his daughter. The new Maisie Lockwood was born and from then on would be raised by Sir Benjamin and Iris at Lockwood Manor the same as his original daughter. However, Maisie was raised to believe she was Sir Benjamin's true granddaughter unaware of her origins. At some point either prior or after Maisie's birth, Sir Benjamin hired businessman Eli Mills straight after graduating from college in order to manage his vast fortune / estate. In Mills' own words this was due to once being "young an idealistic" in contrast to the world weary Lockwood. Mills being so close to the family knew the truth of Maisie's origin. In 2015, after ten years of operating, Jurassic World was brought down by the Indominus rex in 2015. After the disaster in that park, Lockwood began to feel a responsibility towards the dinosaurs on the islands and sought a means to rescue them from the destruction of Mt. Sibo

Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom

Lockwood meets with Claire Dearing about bringing the dinosaurs to a safe haven. He's shown to be sick throughout the movie. He's very protective of his granddaughter and won't let her see pictures of her "mother". This is because he secretly cloned his daughter after she died, which resulted in Maisie Lockwood. He is smothered to death by Eli Mills with a pillow, after he finds out about Eli's secret agenda.

Personality

Sir Benjamin Lockwood as a character displays a world weary wisdom embued with tragedy. In 2018, he was shown to be polite, cordial, and somewhat cheerful in spite of the pain experienced in his life.

Trivia

  • Sir Benjamin Lockwood is currently the only human to be murdered by another human in the franchise.
  • Sir Benjamin Lockwood bears a lot in common with his business partner John Hammond. Both men have United Kingdom heritage (Hammond from Scotland, Lockwood possibly from England), grew white beards in their older age, both were bed ridden at the end of their lives, and both men backed the creation of InGen and the technology to extract dinosaur DNA from amber. Both men also were in possession of a cane which had a mosquito trapped in amber at the top.
    • It is possible this cane might be the very same one John Hammond was shown with in the original Jurassic Park and that Lockwood inherited it from Hammond after his passing. However, this is not confirmed leaving it squarely in speculation.
  • Another character that Sir Benjamin Lockwood bears similarities to is the novel character Norman Atherton, a geneticist and the mentor of Henry Wu. Atherton originally aided Hammond in genetics work but passed away before the main events of the novel and has made no appearances or mention in the film canon.
  • Sir Benjamin's exact nationality is never stated on screen but it is assumed at the least he is of British origins. There are several possibilities as to what exactly is his nationality:
    • Sir Benjamin could have been from the United Kingdom like John Hammond and then moved to the United States before the 1980s where he spent the remainder of his life, making him a UK expat / immigrant in the US.
    • Sir Benjamin could be British-American with a parent of either nationality or born either in the United States or United Kingdom which could explain his residency at Lockwood Manor in the United States.
    • At the very least, he is British (possibly specifically English) based on his accent which sounds like an Americanized English accent. There is also the matter of his title "Sir", a denotion of Knighthood. It is a title bestowed upon by the Monarch of the United Kingdom for those who have achieved great achievements for the realm (and exclusively to citizens of the Kingdom).

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