Emmett refers to himself as “a student of all sciences” and is depicted as a passionate inventor. His homes in 1985, 1955, and 1885 are shown to contain various labor-saving gadgets.
He appears to be heavily influenced by scientists of previous eras, naming successive pet dogs Copernicus and Einstein, and having portraits of Isaac Newton, Benjamin Franklin, Thomas Edison and Albert Einstein in his laboratory. His favorite author is Jules Verne and his family name was originally “von Braun” before World War I.
Emmett’s family moved to Hill Valley in 1908. Although initially wealthy because of his family’s savings, he spent his entire family fortune on his time travel project. When the Brown mansion was destroyed by fire in 1962 and the property sold to developers, Doc subsequently resided in the mansion’s garage. Once broke, he established a privately owned business to offer 24-hour scientific services, building ingenious devices for his customers.
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