Stuart Campbell

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Stuart Campbell
Biography and appearance
RaceHuman
GenderMale
AffiliationMassachusetts Bay University
RoleProfessor
Gameplay
Mentioned inFallout 4
 
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Professor Stuart Campbell was a professor at Massachusetts Bay University in 2077[1].

Background[edit | edit source]

Campbell was brought on not for academic pursuits, but for his contacts in the private sector and access to research grants. It was a profitable arrangement at first, but what Patterson failed to account for was that Campbell was well aware of that and structured his contract not just to guarantee tenure, but also give him autonomy and independence from Patterson's control and meddling. When the military contacted Campbell regarding his energy research, Campbell wasted no time arranging for a research grant and aid in constructing a laboratory beneath the administration building.[2]

The Dean did not take kindly to this independence and demanded full disclosure from Campbell,[3] especially after construction work started under University buildings, all classified and under Campbell's authority.[4] The Professor, of course, refused to submit to the demands and simply referred him to his liaison, Colonel Rosemont. Of course, since Patterson had no security clearance, he was repeatedly rebuffed,[5] and eventually thrown out of Colonel's military base when he went there to meet him in person.[6] The events further aggravated the conflict between him and the professor. The University was making money, yes, but Campbell's flagrant disrespect for the Dean's authority could not go unpunished.[7] In his desperation to control Campbell, the Dean tried to find leverage, first by trailing him and then enlisting the aid of a suspended student. In return for forging a good GPA, Henry Mitchell provided evidence that suggested Campbell was having an illicit affair with a student, Leslie Mathews.[8][9] Patterson wasted no time in threatening Campbell.[10]

In truth, Mathews and Campbell were involved - in military research. She and Curtis Marsh were graduate students aiding Prof. Campbell in his energy research. Although originally working under his strict supervision, Campbell eventually gave them unrestricted access to the laboratory to compensate for the Dean's interference.[11] Their work focused on plasmon containment and increasing energy efficiency in nuclear reactors,[9] and they eventually achieved a breakthrough in October, focusing the electron beam down to around 200 nanometers, achieving improved efficiency and grouping. Although the result was ill-suited for reactor containment, it did promise improved energy consumption for industrial applications and weapons.[12]

However, their research would have no effect on the war effort. On October 23, as Mathews and Marsh were presenting their findings to Sergeant Rivera, the team's liaison, the nuclear attack on the United States began. The sergeant left the laboratory to investigate, asking the young researchers to stay behind until it was safe. He did not return - and Campbell, originally scheduled to arrive around noon, never reached the laboratory. The two researchers stayed underground for the next several weeks, ignoring the explosions continuing above ground.[13]

Appearances[edit | edit source]

Stuart Campbell is mentioned only in Fallout 4.

References

  1. University Point terminals; Professor's Terminal
  2. University Point terminals; Dean's Terminal, [SCampbell] - About my research
  3. University Point terminals; Professor's Terminal, [APatterson]- I have a right to know
  4. University Point terminals; Professor's Terminal, [TRobinson] - Construction under Admin?
  5. University Point terminals; Dean's Terminal, [DParker] - Can't reach the Colonel
  6. University Point terminals; Professor's Terminal, [APatterson]- Regarding Col. Rosemont
  7. University Point terminals; Dean's Terminal, [SCampbell] - You don't have clearance
  8. University Point terminals; Dean's Terminal, [HMitchell] - About Prof. Campbell
  9. 9.0 9.1 University Point terminals; Lab Terminal, Containment problems: "Progress on the project has been slow so far, mostly because the Dean has been having Prof. Campbell tailed to try to figure out where the lab is. Curtis brought up the idea of giving us unrestricted access to the lab, but Prof. Campbell said that he needs to make sure things are established and safe first. Thus far we've had trouble in containing the plasmon scattering from the electron beam. I've checked and rechecked the professors calculations and they seem good, but it just doesn't replicate in our practicals."
  10. University Point terminals; Professor's Terminal, [APatterson]- Leslie Mathews
  11. University Point terminals; Professor's Terminal, [CMarsh] - More time for the project
  12. University Point terminals; Lab Terminal, Improved scattering patterns: "Progress has improved now that Curtis and I have full access to the lab. My parents think I've gotten a job at the credit union and have been pushing me to go into banking. If they knew Mr. Rivera is actually a sergent undercover, they would flip. We've been having much better results with containing the plasmons since we decided to try focusing the electron beam down to around 200 nm. The scattering patterns are showing up with much better grouping on the Cathodeluminescence graph. At this scale it may not end up being any good for reactor containment, but we might at least be able to improve energy consumption for small industrial or weaponry uses."
  13. University Point terminals; Lab Terminal, What is going on?: "I don't know what's going on out there. Curtis and I were in early on Saturday so we could try to get through the days experiments in time to go catch a movie when we heard the sirens. Some sort of EMP knocked out the power for a few minutes and Sgt. Rivera told us to stay in the lab and not to leave till he gave us the all clear. But it's been three days and we can hear explosions going off. Prof. Campbell was supposed to be in around noon, but never showed up and our friends and parents are out there. Curtis says everything will be okay, but I can see in his eyes that he's just trying to keep it together."