Children of the Phoenix
Dr Heinrich Emshweiller
Dr Heinrich Emshweiller was one of the founders of the Phoenix Project. Born in New York, in 1912, to a family of German immigrants, Emshweiller began his scientific career at an early age, assisting his father, a medical doctor, with patients, most of whom were poor immigrants who spoke little English. He quickly proved to have a talent for scientific lab work, and discovered a life-long passion for the discovery of how life works on a chemical level. In 1945, Emshweiller was sent to Ally-occupied Germany as a researcher, with the purpose of recovering as much scientific data as possible from the Nazi Ubermensch experiments. He resigned when Operation Paperclip came into effect, and the same Nazi war criminals whose work he had been analyzing were shielded from prosecution and allowed to continue their research. Convinced him that the human race was too pathologically ill to survive, without undergoing some dramatic restart, he withdrew from the public eye, and went into hiding. in 1956, he was approached by Dr Miles Avilan, the founder of the Phoenix Project, who confided in Emshweiler his fears of nuclear Armageddon, and his belief that humanity needed a new start on a distant world, far from the evils which plagued this one.