The real-life version of Doc Brown—an inventor who succeeds in building a time travel machine in the classic film Back to the Future—appears to be among us. Much like the fictional character, Ron Mallett, Ph.D., is obsessed with time travel and has been working to build a time machine for decades.
In an exclusive interview with CNN, the 74-year-old astrophysicist revealed that he’s found a way to travel back in time, theoretically. He says he’s developed a scientific equation that could serve as the basis for an actual time machine. He also created a prototype that illustrates how lasers could be used to manipulate time and space—a key element of his theory. Mallett, who serves as a tenured physics professor at the University of Connecticut, explained that his position on the possibility of time travel is rooted in Albert Einstein’s general theory of relativity.