Professor Hubert J. Farnsworth
Hubert J. Farnsworth is an aged, eccentric inventor, and also the owner of Planet Express. The last living relative of Fry, he is crotchety, absent-minded, and (sometimes) brilliant. In addition to inventing things and running Planet Express, he also has tenure as a Professor at Mars University, where he teaches a class on "The Mathematics of Quantum Neutrino Fields" - a title he made up to scare students out of taking his class. He loves to invent dangerous and stupid things like Doomsday Devices and can be rather cruel and uncaring at times. He keeps sending his crew on suicide missions and sometimes seems somewhat downcast if they manage to return. Farnsworth is the oldest living member of the Academy of Inventors. His nemesis is Dr. Ogden Wernstrom. For some reason, the Professor has a soft spot for public nudity.
Professor Farnswort grew up in Hell's Laboratory, the nerdiest slum in New New York. He learned to read while still in diapers (at age 8), and quickly blossomed into a nerdy teenager. There is evidence he enjoyed role-playing games for a while. Later he took up the lonely life of a scientist, designing fancy sports cars, beautiful women and more from his tiny, one-room appartment. For fifty years he worked at Mom's Friendly Robot Company where he was instrumental in introducing technologies that still define today's average robot, including them being powered by burning alcohol causing greenhouse gasses. He once was in love with Mom, but broke up with her seventy years ago (that is around the age of 90). She was his first love, or at least the first he can still remember. Farnsworth has been lying about his age for decades, making himself ten years younger. He was the only human to return from the Near Death Star and has a twelve year old clone, his heir Cubert Farnsworth.
Here is a list the Professor's inventions (in alphabetical order)
- Fry, Farnsworth's many-times-great-uncle and at the same time many-times-grand-father.
- Cubert Farnsworth, Farnsworth's clone/son.
- It is possible, though never confirmed, that the Professor is the father of one or more of Mom's children.
- Throughout the series, we are never shown the professor's eyes.
The professor's basic catchphrase is "Good news, everyone!"
Variations include the following:
- "News, everyone."
- "Bad news, nobody."
- "Excellent happenings, people!"
He also occasionally refers to "Zombie Jesus".