Dr. Batten has a long history with the Lightman Center. He was one of the original founders, but moved away from management to focus on his research when it grew too large for him to do both. He is still a highly respected member of the community, and has recently begun mentoring Leslie Bishop.
Creation of the Lightman CenterEdit
Michael Batton had already developed the foundations of the ideas that would later become full body prosthetics even before the Center was created. He was selected to be one of a small group of researchers to run the center. Only four sections were present at this time, as the fifth quarter was created to analyze the theoretical implications of the other sections' research and determine if it was too dangerous to carry out. As one of the founders, he became part of the central council as the center grew, only later returning to research after becoming dissatisfied with management work.