The Harper Institute was first founded during the Machine’s Voice by Lee Harper (Sandian) and Farnsworth Red (Turian) as the Harper Red Institute of Research and later re-started as “The Harper Institute”.
During the Machine’s Voice: Under Red’s insistance, the partners attempted to reverse engineer captured Machine Spirits and supplied their findings to the Turian Government. Later, after being overrun by machines, the Sandian-Turian Confederacy split. The Harper Red Institute facility was occupied by the Trojans, who used it to create micro fusion reactors based on Harper’s research. Lee Harper continued her work after the split and successfully refined portal technology along with sustainable relations with wraiths. Despite critical condemnation of her work due to her early symptoms of Altzeimers, her research held true and was the origin of modern stable portals. Many years later, during The Wandering, Lee Harper’s distant descendant, Jarald Harper creates the Harper drive, based on ancient tech, and proves his prototype by travelling to Chang-Kai-Shek without a portal.