The California Institute of Technology, or Caltech, is a private research university located in Pasadena, California, that was founded as Throop University in 1891. It became known as the California Institute of Technology on February 10, 1920. The following year, the experimental physicist Robert Millikan left the University of Chicago to become the president of Caltech. He served in that position until his retirement in 1945.

When the top secret Manhattan Project began recruiting scientists to work on developing the nuclear bomb, many of those scientists came from Caltech.

One of the scientists hired to work on the Manhattan Project was Doc Brown, who was hired in 1943, during his tenure as a professor at the California Institute of Technology. Doc had managed to convince Robert Milikan to arrange an interview with Major General Leslie Groves and Vannevar Bush. Despite a disastrous interview, he was awarded the position.


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