His 'super-genius uncle' was actually an accomplished engineer and professor at MIT.
He was so accomplished that he was chosen by the gov't to lead a crew that stole nikolai tesla's personal papers after tesla died. They contained ideas, unfinished projects, etc....
a very small portion of the papers were returned only a few years ago. But as soon as the gov't got their hands on them, there was a marked increase in electrical and electromagnetic technologies 'discovered by the gov't'.
one can just as easily say that hitler and pol pot were geniuses.