Professor Hubert J. Farnsworth, or simply Professor, is a fictional character in the American animated television series Futurama. He is voiced by Billy West, using a combination of impressions of Burgess Meredith and Frank Morgan. Farnsworth is the mad scientist proprietor of the Planet Express delivery service, for whom the main characters work.
He is the great (×30) nephew of Philip J. Fry, the series’ main protagonist. He alternates between intelligence and amoral senility due to his centenarian age – he has always mastered any field of science necessary for the series’ plots, and is implied to be one of the most brilliant inventors on Earth, but he falls asleep constantly, and he is implied to routinely have sent his former crews on suicide missions. The Professor is a self-described mad scientist. The creator of the show named him after electronic television pioneer Philo Farnsworth, giving him the same first name as University of California Philosophy professor Hubert Dreyfus, of whom writer and producer Eric Kaplan was a former student. The Professor is a senile, amoral, deranged, and unpredictable old man with a gift for creating doomsday devices and atomic supermen. He has put at least one parallel universe in peril with his inventions and visited dozens more (see The Farnsworth Parabox).