In the Star Trek world, did anyone else, like the Vulcans perhaps, discover/invent time travel before humans did?
I can think of two, but they were both “alien of the week” stories - the people that made the Guardian of Forever, and the Sarpedians (All Our Yesterdays). (the Sarpedian’s time travel requires you to be “prepared” to live in the past, and Spcok reverts to pre-enlightenment Vulcan thought pattern, which makes no sense. So maybe we should dismiss that one. It didn’t affect anyone outside of their own planet anyway.) Yes, the Borg had it, but I figure they just “assimilated” the tech from humans. I doubt they have a research department.
Did Vulcans discover it, and then just treat it as an intellectual curiosity? Because they are too smart to actually risk it?
Question two - I never watched the two sequels to Back to the Future. Did Doc Brown ever get his Nobel and Zee-Magnes* prizes for discovering time travel? Or is it still generally unknown at the end of the third movie?
*They’d create the prize for something as important as the invention of time travel!