- “The Shaw-Fujikawa Translight Engine became a reality in April 2291 due entirely to vision, perseverance, and dedication of these two pioneers in quantum engineering and applied theoretical physics. They have opened a path to the stars for all of us.”— Memorial plaque on Quito Space Tether.
Doctor Tobias Fleming Shaw ScD, QeD, FRS, along with Doctor Wallace Fujikawa, was the co-creator of the Shaw-Fujikawa Translight Engine in 2291, a device that allowed humanity to reach new locations beyond the solar system through manipulation of Slipstream Space.
He held the title "Doctor of Science" and was renowned for his work in the field of quantum electrodynamics.
- Shaw's first name, Tobias, may be a reference to Tobias S. Buckell, who was hired to write Halo: The Cole Protocol around the time the name was revealed.
- He was likely from the United Kingdom as he held the title of Fellow of the Royal Society, a distinction awarded to British and Irish scientists.