Dr. Strauss was introduced to Charlie through Miss Kinnian. He, in turn, introduced Charlie to Dr. Nemur and their experiment on intelligence. Dr. Nemur was at first reluctant to use Charlie as the test subject. However, Dr. Strauss believed Charlie was the right subject because he was motivated to develop his intelligence. He succeeded in convincing Dr. Nemur to authorize Charlie’s participation in the experiment.
The first visible sign of Charlie getting smart was when he first beat Algernon. His intelligence continued to grow, and he noticed that Dr. Strauss and Dr. Nemur argued a lot. Charlie overheard an argument between the two doctors about the experiment. Dr. Nemur stated that it was his experiment, and Dr. Strauss claimed that he also contributed much to the research. Dr. Nemur wanted to publish the results of the test for recognition, but Dr. Strauss thought it was best to give it more time. Dr. Nemur was also intimidated by Charlie’s growing intelligence, and he was uncomfortable around him.