Prof. Samuel Oak could be easily
referred to as the world's most established Pokémon researcher. Over the course of his professorship he has taught many
aspiring scientists and researchers including
Pokémon Watchers adore his artworks and
technicians marvel at his inventiveness, while Pokémon Trainers and
academy students listen to his radio shows and flock to his seminars.
Close friends and relatives simply admire his positive spirit,
adaptability, strong morals and good humoured attitude, despite the
tragedies he has experienced.
Samuel has an extensive knowledge of many
pokémon species, can hold his own in a battle and, little known to most of
his fans and students, is quite a skilled artist. Additionally, he is
surprisingly adept when it comes to technology.
Samuel enjoys writing poetry, especially in
Hoennian style. He has also, over a
period of years, developed a fondness for tofu.
The son of craftspeople, Samuel was immersed in nature and technology from the start.
While his mother would design and construct beautiful stained glass
windows that Fragma Town was so well known for, Samuel's father Danyl was
more of an intelligent experimenter, constantly looking into means to
advance Johto into the next age. One of his inventions was a precursor to
Pokéballs - though his concepts were never taken seriously
in his home region due to the prevalence of the
Samuel began his work with
pokémon at the age of ten when he decided to leave home and study the
surrounding wildlife. The boy longed to visually document
each pokémon he came across, especially since there was very little in the
way of easily-accessible information. He particularly found studying
interactions between pokémon of differing and the same species
His parents were highly
supportive of Samuel's curiosity as they, like most people in the area,
were aware of little more than the Pokémon living in their immediate
vicinity. With his mother's
Charmeleon as bodyguard, Samuel spent the next
few years travelling Johto. During this time he was reported to have
Celebi which took him several decades into the future.
In 1951, Samuel left
home and travelled to
Kanto to study at the Pokémon Academy. While in
Kanto, he was able to research further into the concept of 'machines with
pictures of pokémon in them', something he claimed to have heard from a Pokémon
Trainer while in the
future. Worried that he might cause a paradox by releasing his own version
of the device before the original inventor had done, Samuel decided to
pitch the schematics for his father's commercial Pokéballs instead. Two
years after Samuel's arrival in Kanto, the newly-formed
Silph Co. accepted
the designs and manufacture soon got underway.
It wasn't long before his
academic accomplishments and love of poetry attracted the admiration of a
Kantoan woman named Gilda Parsons who was also studying at the PA. The
two became very close and promised to marry each other once their studies