This modern-day 'Doc Brown' might just be the man who can send us 'Back to the Future.'

Ron Mallett is an astrophysicist from the University of Connecticut and has been working on theories about time travel for decades. Since 1975, Mallett has been a UCONN physics faculty member and believes he's closer than ever to achieving time travel.

Mallett has told CNN that he has a 'prototype' of a device that uses lasers to twist time. According to an article in Popular Mechanics, his theory is based on Albert Einstein's theories about relativity. 

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Believe it or not, the catalyst for his obsession regarding time travel is to be able to go back in time and see his father who was the center of his universe and who died at the age of 33. Mallett says the next step is to conduct a feasibility study to find out if his prototype works the way he believes it does. The problem is the study will cost approximately $250,000.