Black Mesa Science Team

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{{Quote|Why do we all have to wear these ridiculous ties?|Black Mesa scientist|Half-Life}}

The '''Black Mesa Science Team''' is the overwhelming majority of Black Mesa Research Facility|Black Mesa's population. With the Black Mesa Security Force, it is one of the most important bodies of the Black Mesa personnel.

==Overview==

Each scientist is granted a different security clearance specific to his or her duty, with an average clearance of Level 5. Like other employees, scientists have an assigned uniform, consisting of a blue shirt, white lab coat, red striped tie and white (or beige) slacks. In ''Opposing Force'', a cleansuit-wearing variation of the normal scientist appears in limited areas. Some scientists are trained in the use of the MP5 submachine gun as part of Hazard Course training, but most have little or no combat skills or experience.

In the ''Half-Life'' Audio Script, the scientists are described as follows ''The scientists are brisk and businesslike; faced with the stress of fantastically improbable situations, they either devolve into hysterical panic and shock, or shield themselves with hyperrational analysis. They are your coworkers, mentors, and allies; although occasionally they are too busy to even notice you. When you are injured, they will inject healing agents, making them extremely important to your existence.''http//www.gamefront.com/files/20242965/Half_Life_Audio_Script ''Half-Life'' Audio Script

==Positions==
*'''Research and Development''' - The largest portion of the scientists are assigned to research and development positions, where they conduct experiments and create new technologies. The research conducted ranges in focus from particle physics to biological study to space travel. Most R&D scientists have a limited knowledge of first aid, and can heal some wounds.

*'''Research Associate''' - Research Associates work alongside R&D scientists, but with a lower status in the employment hierarchy. They are usually required to conduct the more mundane or less desirable portions of a given experiment. Dr. Gordon Freeman and Dr. Colette Green are notable research associates.

*'''Hazardous Environment Supervisor''' - Supervisors act in a similar role to research associates in that they assist in experiments, but they are primarily concerned with maintaining a safe work environment. Dr. Gina Cross works in this position.

*'''Instructor''' - Scientists will often take on additional work training employees and conducting simulations in the Sector A Training Facility, as themselves or their hologram counterparts.

*'''Survey Team''' - Survey Teams were organized soon after the first teleportation labs were constructed in Black Mesa. Their assignment is the most dangerous, as they are tasked with entering the borderworld Xen to collect samples and conduct experiments. Because of the danger, Survey Team members are highly trained in the use of the HEV Suit and a variety of weapons. Many Survey Team scientists have died on Xen.

==Notable members==
FileFreeman bust.jpg|right|Gordon Freeman.|thumb|200px
FileEli WF.jpg|right|Eli Vance.|thumb|200px

*Gordon Freeman
*Rosenberg
*Richard Keller
*Gina Cross
*Colette Green
*Wallace Breen (Administrator)
*Isaac Kleiner
*Eli Vance
*Arne Magnusson
*CategoryBlack Mesa scientists|Complete list

==In-game==
Although cowardly and clumsy at times, scientists can assist the player with certain tasks such as using retinal scanners to open doors, but they also tend to be physically weak, dying within a few shots, as well as having no combat capabilities. Scientists have some first aid skills and will administer a 25-point medicine boost to a wounded player with a health level under 50. Cleansuit scientists do not have this ability.

Scientists are also notable to say random, sometimes humorous sentences, most of the time when they are triggered.

==Behind the scenes==
*Originally, all Black Mesa employees were to be hostile to the player. The Barney NPC was then used by Valve's AI programmer http//www.mobygames.com/developer/sheet/view/developerId,22342/ Steve Bond to run experiments in enemy squad behavior. By putting the player in the role of squad leader, and forcing Barney to follow instead of fight the player, Bond hoped for an easy way to test navigation rules. The unexpected result of this experiment was a working companion character, which instantly appealed to every playtester who saw Barney in action. This caused the team to rethink large portions of the story and Gordon's role in it, and the game was completely overhauled in late 1997. In that process of converting enemies to allies, the team also came to think about characters that were neither allies nor enemies to the player, leading to the creation of the G-Man.

*Security guards and scientists were also to have a much more frightened, almost cartoonish face.''Half-Life'' Beta

*''Half-Life'' was also to feature female scientists other than the Holographic Assistant, that were to be found scarcely along the journey.http//www.gamespot.com/features/halflife_old/page5.html Old ''Half-Life'' section on GameSpot The texture files for the model can be found in the folder "f_science" (likely the name of the model) in the ''Half-Life Source'' texture folder, but not in that of the original ''Half-Life''. Female scientists were finally introduced in ''Decay'', as Gina Cross and Colette Green, although Cross is mentioned in a Black Mesa Announcement System message at the start of ''Half-Life''. ''Half-Life 2'' features another yet unidentified female scientist, seen in the FileFrame001a.png|photograph in Kleiner's Lab.

*There's a scientist seen talking to The G-Man in the Anomalous Materials chapter.
FileC1a0002.jpg|thumb|Scientist talking to The Gman.

*There are numerous unused audio files that were never heard in the retail Half-Life. Based on the amount of cut content, it is likely that Valve planned to feature unique scenes which involved at least one scientist. However, the majority of Half-Life was overhauled and these projects were most likely abandoned. 
===Scientists list===

The scientist NPC features four standard models, with a cleansuit variant and the dead Survey Team members in HEV Suits found on Xen, as well as the Standard Zombie|Zombie version. Each four standard version has two HD versions (one introduced in the High Definition Pack, the other in ''Decay'').

Most of the time, scientist models are used randomly by the game. However, in many specific instances the same model is used each time.

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FileScientist-blackeyes.jpg|100px

File0089-stealing food.JPG|100px

FileBigmomma wallpaper.jpg|100px

File0081-sci mirror.JPG|100px

FileScientist render.jpg|100px 


| valign=top width=100px| FileScientist 01.jpg|100px
FileScientist 01 multi.jpg|100px
| valign=top width=100px| FileScientist 01 hd.jpg|100px

FileCiv coat scientist 01.jpg|100px

FileScientist 01 decay.jpg|100px

FileScientist 01 multi hd.jpg|100px
| valign=top width=80px| scientist 01
| valign=top width=80px| Walter; Glasses''Half-Life'' Beta / Valve Hammer Editor|Worldcraft 2 / Half-Life 2 Beta|''Half-Life 2'' Beta files (hl_ent.hlp)
| valign=top width=150px| Was turned into Walter Bennet, used for Smithers and Harold, and was the basis for Isaac Kleiner. It also has a player model for the ''Half-Life'' multiplayer version. It also has a HD civilian version, with or without his lab coat on his arm, and another civilian reading ''The Mesa Times''.
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| valign=top| FileHl red decal.jpg|100px

FileEinstein old model.jpg|100px

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File0002-falling sci.JPG|100px

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| valign=top| FileScientist 02.jpg|100px
| valign=top| FileScientist 02 hd.jpg|100px FileCiv coat scientist 02.jpg|100px FileScientist 02 decay.jpg|100px
| valign=top| scientist 02
| valign=top| Einstein
| valign=top| Was used for S. Reardon. He is featured on FilePhoto group001a2.png|Kleiner's Lab photo; he still has to be turned into a standalone character. It also has a HD civilian version, with or without his lab coat on his arm, and another civilian reading ''The Mesa Times'', although it is not seen in-game.
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| valign=top| FileScientist 03.jpg|100px
| valign=top| FileScientist 03 hd.jpg|100px FileScientist 03 decay.jpg|100px
| valign=top| scientist 03
| valign=top| Luther
| valign=top| Was used for S. Jones and Simmons and was the basis for Eli Vance.
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| valign=top| File0080-sci dead.JPG|100px

FileScientist bulls.jpg|100px

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| valign=top| FileScientist 04.jpg|100px
| valign=top| FileScientist 04 hd.jpg|100px FileScientist 04 decay.jpg|100px
| valign=top| scientist 04
| valign=top| Slick
| valign=top| Is featured on FilePhoto group001a2.png|Kleiner's Lab photo; he still has to be turned into a standalone character. His original model had brighter hair. 
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| valign=top| FileScientist clean suit.jpg|100px FileScientist clean suit multi.jpg|100px FileCl suit.png|100px
| valign=top| FileScientist clean suit hd.jpg|100px
| valign=top| cleansuit scientist
| valign=top| 
| valign=top| Was introduced in ''Opposing Force'', in the chapter ''Welcome to Black Mesa''. In the HD model, only the head is changed. It also has a player model for the multiplayer version.
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| valign=top| 
| valign=top| player / helmet
| valign=top| Its ''Half-Life'' model is "player.mdl" and features Gordon's head or a suit helmet. Used for the dead Survey Team members found around Xen. A different model is featured in the multiplayer version.
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==Trivia==
*Through a security camera in the ''Blue Shift'' chapter ''Insecurity'', a scientist can be seen briefly dancing to himself, while another is watching skeptically. The dancing animation was originally in the Gonome model, under the name "veryhappy" in the original model and "sohappy" in the Steam version. In the original scientist model, it is named "sohappy," and it's named "hambone" in the Steam version.

==Gallery==

===Pre-release===

FileHarrysrobinsraising.png|The Scientists' main voice actor, Harry S. Robins.
FileAlien slave2.jpg|Concept of an Alien Slave eating a scientist.
FileEarly scientist concept.jpg|Concept art for a scientist, with a rat.
FileClean suit scientist concept Black Mesa Science Team.jpg|Concept art for the clean suit scientist.
File0047-experiment1.JPG|Scientist near a blue Panther Eye held in an experiment lab.
FileF science.png|Texture files for the cut female scientist from the ''Half-Life Source'' files. As with most of the textures files, they appear slightly deformed, while their size always appear correctly in-game. Therefore the head should be slightly narrower. She appears frightened, as most of the old scientist face textures.
FileScientist dead blood.png|Scientist with an unused wound texture found in the ''Half-Life Source'' files.
FileBullchicken white.jpg|White Bullsquid about to attack a scientist.
FileBullsquid guard.jpg|Early Bullsquid eating Black Mesa employees.
FileHECU scientist beatup.jpg|HECU soldiers beating up a scientist.
FileHECU Beating Up Scientists Half Life.JPG|Ditto.
File0009-beatup2.JPG|Ditto.
FileIchthyosaur beta scientist Half Life.jpg|Ichthyosaur attacking a scientist in an early version of the CenCom Reservoir. There are no scientists there in the final version.
FilePanther eye-scientist.jpg|Panther Eye about to eat a scientist.
File0015-scientists crates.JPG|Scientists and crates.
FileHl early BJ 34.jpg|Ironic sign and killed scientist in the same room.
FileIronic injury sign.jpg|Further view.
File0006-sci panther.JPG|Scientist about the be attacked by a Panther Eye.
File0004-early lab1.JPG|Scientists and MP guards.
File0003-sci outside.JPG|Scientists in the outside, including their shadows, a removed feature.
FileScientist glass.jpg|Shattered glass falling on a scientist.
FileWeird sci.jpg|Possible early scientist model beating a soda machine.


===Retail===

====''Half-Life''====


FileBlack Mesa lobby.jpg|Scientist and security guard in the Sector C entrance hall. 
FileAnomalousMaterialsResearchTeam.jpg|Scientists in Sector C. 
FileC1a0002.jpg|Scientist and the G-Man discussing behind a window.
FileTest-chamber-ctrl.jpg|Scientists in the upper Anti-Mass Spectrometer Control Room.
FileScientist revive.jpg|Scientist attempting to revive a security guard right after the Resonance Cascade.
FileEli help.jpg|Eli Vance talking to another scientist after the Resonance Cascade.
FileEli Vance talk HL1.jpg|Eli Vance telling Gordon to head to the surface.
FileHL BMRF OfficeComplex.jpg|A Headcrab and a dead scientist in the Black Mesa Office Complex. 
FileC1a4i0001.jpg|Tentacle taking away a scientist in Silo D.
FileScanner-lambda-core.jpg|Scientist operating a retinal scanner at the entrance of the Lambda Complex.
FileC3a2a0001.jpg|Vortigaunts "communicating" over a scientist corpse in the Lambda Complex.
FileShotgun scientist HL.jpg|The shotgun scientist and a security guard, FileKleiner shotgun.jpg|mirrored in ''Half-Life 2''.
FileLongjump lambda.jpg|Scientist introducing the Long Jump Module. 
FileSurvey member dead weapon box Xen.jpg|Dead Survey Team member in Gonarch's Lair.
FileC4a20001.jpg|Ditto. 
FileZombie Scientist.jpg|Zombie scientist. 


====''Half-Life Uplink''====

FileUplink scientists firing squad.jpg|HECU soldiers in combat. 


====''Half-Life Opposing Force''====

FileOf1a10004.jpg|Scientist examining a Headcrab. 
FileWe Are Pulling Out4.jpg|A scientist fears for his life while being interrogated by a HECU grunt. 
FileVicarious Reality2.jpg|Holographic scientist.
FileS. jones.jpg|S. Jones's corpse. 
FileS. reardon.jpg|S. Reardon's corpse.
FileCrush Depth2.jpg|Clean suit scientist rescued by Adrian Shephard.
FileSIGN CLNSUIT.png|Clean suit sign.
FileBlack Mesa clean suit.svg|Black Mesa logo as seen on the clean suits.


====''Half-Life Blue Shift''====

FileSss.jpg|thumb|A scientist dead next to a police dead and an hecu radio
FileLiving Quarters Outbound2.jpg|Scientist hindering Barney's ride to work.
FileBS scientists lab.jpg|Several scientists in a modern laboratory along the Transit System.
FilePrax1.jpg|Security guard and scientist playing ''Half-Life Blue Shift storyline Quarters Outbound|Prax Wars 2 Dante's Revenge'' in a lavomat along the Transit System.
FileLaundromat waiting.jpg|Scientist in civilian clothes reading ''The Mesa Times'' while waiting for his laundry in a lavomat along the Transit System.
FileShirts dry.jpg|Scientist shirts waiting to be picked up in a lavomat along the Transit System.
FileInsecurity.jpg|Scientist threatening a security guard.
FileMy files.jpg|Ditto.
FileDancing scientist1.jpg|Scientist seen dancing through a security camera.
FileDancing scientist2.jpg|Ditto.
FileBa maint0000.jpg|Scientists working on a malfunctioning computer. 
FileMesa times scientist.jpg|Scientist reading ''The Mesa Times'' on a Transit System platform in Sector C.
FileSuv magnum2.jpg|Abandoned Black Mesa SUV, with a dead scientist and security guard. 
FileDead HEV scientist on Xen.jpg|Dead Survey Team scientist on Xen. 
FileBa xen20001.jpg|Ditto.
FileBa xen20008.jpg|Ditto, underwater.
FileBa xen50001.jpg|Survey team equipment on Xen. 
FileBa xen50002.jpg|Ditto, with Xen crystal|crystal being studied.


====''Half-Life Decay''====

FileWalter frightened decay.jpg|The "Walter" scientist model in a frightened pose.


====''Half-Life 2''====

FilePhoto group001a2.png|The Sector C Labs and Control Facilities|Anomalous Materials team posing in the Black Mesa Anomalous Materials lobby before the Black Mesa Incident in Kleiner's Lab.


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FileC1A0 FLIPSIGN6.png|"Working as a team!". Black Mesa Science Team advertisement.
FileBa propaganda2.png|"Success!". Black Mesa Science Team advertisement.
FilePropaganda 02.png|"Do your part!". Clean suit advertisement.


==List of appearances==
*''Half-Life Day One'' {{1st}}
*''Half-Life''
*''Half-Life Uplink'' {{Nc}}
*''Half-Life Opposing Force''
*''Half-Life Blue Shift''
*''Half-Life Decay''
*''Half-Life 2'' {{C|As former members}}
*''Half-Life 2 Raising the Bar''
*''Half-Life 2 Lost Coast'' {{C|As former member Gordon Freeman}} {{Nc}}
*''Half-Life 2 Episode One'' {{C|As former members}}
*''Half-Life 2 Episode Two'' {{C|As former members}}
* ''Black Mesa (mod)|Black Mesa'' {{Nc}}

==References==
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CategoryHalf-Life Blue Shift
CategoryHalf-Life Decay
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CategoryBlack Mesa personnel
CategoryAllies
CategoryChuck Jones designs
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