Cedric Vickers (Philip's friend and colleague, 28-33) has known Phil for several years and has often kept
him in check when his imagination and ambition begin to run wild. Ced is also a family man and a dedicated scientist
but, unlike Phil, he is decidedly more cautious and practical. Ced worries that any brash decisions by Phil might
jeopardize their jobs and reputations and potentially threaten their future.