Claus Penrose

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Profession:  Professor, Boston College Portrayed by:
Mark Blum
Also Known As:  Clause
Family:  Christopher (possible son)
Connections:  Walter Bishop - Former Colleague
Seen In:  The Same Old Story
Status:  At-Large

Doctor Claus Penrose is a former colleague of Walter Bishop and is complicit in the on-going abduction of young women being murdered - biopsied for their pituitary glands.


  • Walter claims that Dr. Penrose suffered from severe pseudo-folliculitis nuchae, which Peter specifies as "razor burn". Towards the end of the Vietnam war, Penrose ran experiments on rapid growth and manipulating growth hormones. When asked about it, Penrose states his and Walter's work was highly theoretical, but above all "wrong". He resigned from the United States government after working for them for only one year. After his resignation, he was harassed by the government and threatened with deportation.
  • The Science Team deduces that Dr. Penrose has continued to do his research, albeit on his own, without government funding. His lab is located in the warehouse district of Stoughton, Massachusetts. His experiments, which consisted of stealing the pituitary gland from the brain of living women, were to keep his "son", Christopher Penrose, alive. When Olivia and Peter arrive at the lab, he flees the scene, is shot at by Peter as he escaped.
  • Most recently Claus was a professor and Chairman of the Biology Department at Boston College. The following is his bio in the FBI database - which indicates his first name is Clause.
FBI File: (text in parenthesis is added from the real biography the fictional biography was based on)
  • Doctor Claus Penrose has served as Chairman and Director of the biology (department) at Boston College since 2006. In addition, he has been on the Editorial (Board of many internationally recognized journals) such as Live Science, and was the Founding Editor and Editor-In-Chief (of The Plant Cell, the leading journal in the area of) molecular biology. He has been the organizer of major international (biology meetings, is a Co-Founder and Board) Member of Apostia Inc., a Cambria-based Plant Genomics Company, (and is the Director of The Seed Institute – an intercam-) pus “institute without walls” within UCSD dedicated to unraveling the (processes that control seed development. During his) long and distinguished career, Dr. Penrose has received several awards (recognizing his contributions to the field of plant) molecular biology. These include election to the National Academy of (Sciences, being named as a UCSD Faculty Research) Lecturer, and being listed as making one of the "top 15" Discoveries in (UCSD's 48-year history. Dr. Penrose is highly commit-) ted to undergraduate and graduate education and is an "expert" in (making science "come alive." Dr. Penrose has received) UCSD Distinguished Teaching Awards from the Department of Applied (Biology and the Department of Molecular, ) Cell, and Developmental Biology, and was awarded the all-campus (Luckmann Distinguished Teaching Award from the Academic Senate.)


"I resigned from the employ of the United States Government after only one year. When I refused to continue, I was harassed. Threatened... with deportation. It... didn't feel like the America I remembered - from when I was a boy." - (defending his reason for abandoning a shared experiment with Walter)


  • The FRINGE website at TV network refers to this role as Clause Penrose in the episode recap.
  • The Dr. Penrose's bio was modeled after the real biography of UCLA Professor Bob Goldberg.
  • His name may be a reference to Roger Penrose, the developer of 'Penrose Tiling', a phenomenon which is deeply related to the Fibonacci sequence.

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Central Characters: Olivia DunhamPeter BishopWalter BishopPhillip BroylesAstrid FarnsworthNina Sharp
Central Characters (alt): Bolivia DunhamSecretary BishopColonel BroylesLincoln LeeAgent FrancisAgent FarnsworthBrandon Fayette
Recurring Characters: The ObserverAgent LeeHenrietta BishopEllaBellCaptain WindmarkRachelBrandonSam WeissDavid Jones(alt) Nina SharpCharlieNick LaneHenry HigginsThomas NewtonSanford HarrisMitchell LoebJohn Scott
Additional Characters: Episodic CharactersMinor Characters