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He was one of the most brilliant scientific minds of his generation with an above average [[w:Intelligence_quotient|I.Q.]] of 196. From the 1970s until around 1991, Walter, an endowed chair of Biochemistry at Harvard, conducted experiments in the [[fringe:Harvard Laboratory|basement]] of the college's Kresge building, along with his lab partner [[fringe:William Bell|William Bell]] and their assistants. The field of the duo's experiments ranged from quantum physics to genetic engineering, propelling Walter into an unknown relationship with the U.S. government to advance its most scientifically innovative -- and ethically questionable -- research projects under the heading of fringe science.
He was one of the most brilliant scientific minds of his generation with an above average [[w:Intelligence_quotient|I.Q.]] of 196. From the 1970s until around 1991, Walter, an endowed chair of Biochemistry at Harvard, conducted experiments in the [[fringe:Harvard Laboratory|basement]] of the college's Kresge building, along with his lab partner [[fringe:William Bell|William Bell]] and their assistants. The field of the duo's experiments ranged from quantum physics to genetic engineering, propelling Walter into an unknown relationship with the U.S. government to advance its most scientifically innovative -- and ethically questionable -- research projects under the heading of fringe science.


At one point [[fringe:Timeline#1980s|in the early 1980s]], Walter assisted [[fringe:William Bell|William Bell]]'s experiments on children using the drug "[[fringe:Cortexiphan|Cortexiphan]]". The test subjects included both [[fringe:Olivia Dunham|Olivia Dunham]] and [[fringe:Nick Lane|Nick Lane]]. ("[[fringe:Bad Dreams|Bad Dreams]]"). When Olivia finds out about this, she confronts Walter about his past morally dubious scientific experiments, for which he shows great remorse (Season 1 Episode 19 "[[fringe:The Road Not Taken|The Road Not Taken]]").
At one point [[fringe:Timeline#1980s|in the early 1980s]], Walter assisted [[fringe:William Bell|William Bell]]'s experiments on children using the drug "[[fringe:Cortexiphan|Cortexiphan]]". The test subjects included both [[fringe:Olivia Dunham|Olivia Dunham]] and [[fringe:Nick Lane|Nick Lane]]. (Season 1 Episode 17 "[[fringe:Bad Dreams|Bad Dreams]]"). When Olivia finds out about this, she confronts Walter about his past morally dubious scientific experiments, for which he shows great remorse (Season 1 Episode 19 "[[fringe:The Road Not Taken|The Road Not Taken]]").


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An accident in 1991 resulted in the death of at least one of his assistants, [[fringe:Carla Warren|Carla Warren]] ("[[fringe:The No-Brainer|The No-Brainer]]"), beginning many accusations of Walter using humans as guinea pigs for his experiments.
An accident in 1991 resulted in the death of at least one of his assistants, [[fringe:Carla Warren|Carla Warren]] (Season 1 Episode 12 "[[fringe:The No-Brainer|The No-Brainer]]"), beginning many accusations of Walter using humans as guinea pigs for his experiments.


Charged with manslaughter, Walter was instead deemed mentally unstable and admitted to St. Claire's Psychiatric Institution. Only Walter's immediate family were able to visit him in the institution, though it took seventeen years before his son, [[fringe:Peter Bishop|Peter Bishop]], would even speak to him.
Charged with manslaughter, Walter was instead deemed mentally unstable and admitted to St. Claire's Psychiatric Institution. Only Walter's immediate family were able to visit him in the institution, though it took seventeen years before his son, [[fringe:Peter Bishop|Peter Bishop]], would even speak to him.
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After seventeen years of being locked up in a mental institution, which had many negative effects on his personality, Walter was eventually recruited by the FBI to work in their [[fringe:Fringe Division|Fringe Division]] alongside [[fringe:Olivia Dunham|Olivia Dunham]] and his son, [[fringe:Peter Bishop|Peter Bishop]].
After seventeen years of being locked up in a mental institution, which had many negative effects on his personality, Walter was eventually recruited by the FBI to work in their [[fringe:Fringe Division|Fringe Division]] alongside [[fringe:Olivia Dunham|Olivia Dunham]] and his son, [[fringe:Peter Bishop|Peter Bishop]].


When Walter has an MRI of his brain, his charts show that he has been through a procedure on his brain. A review of Walter's test results showed that has had three incisions on the left temporal lobe. Walter had tissue removed from his hippocampus, which stores memory and contributes to spatial awareness. This was done by his friend William Bell to remove the memory of how Walter opened the doorway to the dimension. When his brain pieces were reconnected by [[fringe:Thomas Jerome Newton|Thomas Jerome Newton]] he seemed more normal than ever. ("[[fringe:Grey Matters|Grey Matters]]")
When Walter has an MRI of his brain, his charts show that he has been through a procedure on his brain. A review of Walter's test results showed that has had three incisions on the left temporal lobe. Walter had tissue removed from his hippocampus, which stores memory and contributes to spatial awareness. This was done by his friend William Bell to remove the memory of how Walter opened the doorway to the dimension. When his brain pieces were reconnected by [[fringe:Thomas Jerome Newton|Thomas Jerome Newton]] he seemed more normal than ever. (Season 2 Episode 10 "[[fringe:Grey Matters|Grey Matters]]")


'''Walter says that he had been an atheist until he stole Peter from the other side. The night after the crime Walter instinctually realized that he had violated God's trust and domain and believes the series of misfortunes that have taken place since have been God punishing him. Walter asks God for proof of his forgiveness in the form of a white tulip. When another scientist points out that tulips don't bloom at this time of year, Walter responds "But he's ''God''". He further explains that "If God can forgive me maybe it's in the realm of possibilities that my son can forgive me too"''' ("[[fringe:White Tulip|White Tulip]]")
'''Walter says that he had been an atheist until he stole Peter from the other side. The night after the crime Walter instinctually realized that he had violated God's trust and domain and believes the series of misfortunes that have taken place since have been God punishing him. Walter asks God for proof of his forgiveness in the form of a white tulip. When another scientist points out that tulips don't bloom at this time of year, Walter responds "But he's ''God''". He further explains that "If God can forgive me maybe it's in the realm of possibilities that my son can forgive me too"''' (Season 2 Episode 17 "[[fringe:White Tulip|White Tulip]]")


The scientist with whom Walter is speaking is [[fringe:Alistair Peck|Alistair Peck]]. He had been studying time travel in order to try to prevent the death of his fiance [[fringe:Arlette Turling|Arlette Turling]] in a car collision. However Alistair's attempts at time travel required a large amount of energy, and Walter tries to convince him to avoid risking possibly killing hundreds of people in the area where he would appear upon his arrival back in time. Walter continues to try to discourage Alistair from making the attempt by explaining his own case of coming to believe in a higher power, hoping for a sign of forgiveness in the form of a white tulip for his actions in stealing Peter from the parallel universe. With God's forgiveness, Walter believes it will be possible for Peter to forgive him once he learns the truth of who he is.
The scientist with whom Walter is speaking is [[fringe:Alistair Peck|Alistair Peck]]. He had been studying time travel in order to try to prevent the death of his fiance [[fringe:Arlette Turling|Arlette Turling]] in a car collision. However Alistair's attempts at time travel required a large amount of energy, and Walter tries to convince him to avoid risking possibly killing hundreds of people in the area where he would appear upon his arrival back in time. Walter continues to try to discourage Alistair from making the attempt by explaining his own case of coming to believe in a higher power, hoping for a sign of forgiveness in the form of a white tulip for his actions in stealing Peter from the parallel universe. With God's forgiveness, Walter believes it will be possible for Peter to forgive him once he learns the truth of who he is.
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In [[fringe:Brave_New_World:_Part_2|Season 4 Episode 22]], Walter and Olivia learn that Bell is seeking a power source to collapse the two universes. Nina realizes that Olivia is Bell's power source; Jones' activities with the nanites and the sun-beam have been to invigorate Olivia's Cortexiphan powers and use them to start the collapse of the two universes. Olivia is emitting extreme electromagnetic energy, which Nina is able to use to locate Bell's ship. The Fringe team sets off for Bell's ship on helicopters as initial signs of the final collapse begin to occur around the world. Meanwhile, aboard his ship, Bell has shown Walter his vision for the new universe, using the creatures stowed aboard it to populate his ideal world. Bell reveals that he was set on to this path by Walter in the past after Walter lost both Peters and had desired to play God himself, describing an idea to collapse both universes and create a new one. Walter later rejected the idea and asked Bell to remove pieces of his brain to quell the idea, but Bell continued to follow on Walter's vision, culminating in the current events.
In [[fringe:Brave_New_World:_Part_2|Brave New World: Part 2]] (Season 4 Episode 22), Walter and Olivia learn that Bell is seeking a power source to collapse the two universes. Nina realizes that Olivia is Bell's power source; Jones' activities with the nanites and the sun-beam have been to invigorate Olivia's Cortexiphan powers and use them to start the collapse of the two universes. Olivia is emitting extreme electromagnetic energy, which Nina is able to use to locate Bell's ship. The Fringe team sets off for Bell's ship on helicopters as initial signs of the final collapse begin to occur around the world. Meanwhile, aboard his ship, Bell has shown Walter his vision for the new universe, using the creatures stowed aboard it to populate his ideal world. Bell reveals that he was set on to this path by Walter in the past after Walter lost both Peters and had desired to play God himself, describing an idea to collapse both universes and create a new one. Walter later rejected the idea and asked Bell to remove pieces of his brain to quell the idea, but Bell continued to follow on Walter's vision, culminating in the current events.


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