|First appearance:||Independence Day: Silent Zone|
Doctor Immanuel Wells was the former director of research at Area 51 from 1947 to 1968.
Immanuel Wells was a mid-level scientist who worked at the Los Alamos Laboratory. On the night of the Roswell incident in 1947, Wells was among the scientists summoned from Los Alamos to study the bodies of the aliens taken from a crashed spaceship. During the autopsy, the scientists discovered that one of the creatures was alive. The alien was brought to interrogation but without any success, until Wells discovered that it communicate through telepathy.
Wells volunteered himself to communicate with the alien in which he gained a glimpse of the alien's memories but provided less desirable information. Wells continued to communicate with the alien in which he suddenly developed a sympathetic bond with it, as he and the alien simultaneously fell into a coma for nine days. Fearing that the alien might be trying to kill Wells, the military relocated him away from the alien to Wright-Peterson Air Force Base, where he remained until the alien died from its wounds. When Wells awoke, he had permanently lost the use of his legs, and movement in his upper body was impaired.
Thereafter, Wells became a member of Project Smudge and head researcher of Area 51. Wells was adamant in his beliefs that the aliens from Roswell were hostile, and strongly advocated that all of humanity must be inform and militarily prepare to face the aliens. However, most of his peers did not take his approach seriously. Wells's obsessions of the aliens soon drove him slowly insane which lead to his expulsion from Area 51 during a violent episode at a meeting with Project Smudge. Wells was diagnosed as a schizophrenic and institutionalized at Glenhaven Home in Richmond, where he died there in his final years.