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Pasadena, California is a city in the Los Angeles Basin. The California Institute of Technology, also known as Caltech, is located there.
In 1943, Mrs. Gomez rented an apartment to Doc Brown, who was a professor at the California Institute of Technology. Doc convinced Robert Millikan, the president of Caltech, to arrange an interview with Major General Leslie Groves and Vannevar Bush. They were searching for scientists to join the top secret Manhattan Project, which developed the atomic bomb. Despite a disastrous interview, he was awarded the position.
Behind the scenes
Pasadena was the location of several scenes shot for the Back to the Future trilogy.