Last Updated on 1 March 2017

Historic photograph reveals that an Imaginary Board of Directors was consulted to invent time travel.

Scientist Dr. Emmet “Doc” Brown (b. 1920) consulted his Imaginary Board for each of his key projects, including the invention of time travel.

As seen in the photograph below, taken in 1955, Dr. Brown’s board features (from left to right) Sir Isaac Newton, Benjamin Franklin, Thomas Edison and Albert Einstein.

In fact, “Doc” Brown admired his board members so much he has named his pet dogs after them. In 1955 his pet dog was named Copernicus and in 1985 his dog (the first living creature to experience time travel) was named Einstein.

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Dr. Emmet “Doc” Brown (pictured right) discusses acquiring plutonium to power the flux capacitor with Martin McFly, circa 1955

Fun Fact: Time travel was made possible through the invention of the high-powered flux capacitor. It requires 1.21 gigawatts (GWe) to generate enough energy to propel a stainless steel sports car to and from the future.