Operations Officer, U.S.S. Enterprise NCC-1701-E
Place of Birth: Omicron Theta, Approximately 2336
Built by Dr.
Noonien Soong, assisted by Juliana O'Donnell-Soong on the Federation
Omicron Theta colony. An android, Data's positronic brain has an ultimate
storage capacity of 800 quadrillion bits. His total linear computational
speed has been rated at 60 trillion operations per second. His body
contains approximately 24.6 kg of tripolymer composites, 11.8 kg of
molybdenum-cobalt alloys, 1.3 kg of bioplast sheeting, a cortenide and
duranium skull, and a polyalloy spinal support. Being anatomically
correct, he is fully functional and programmed with multiple techniques.
Data was Noonian Soong's second successful android creation. The first was
his "brother" Lore. Both Data and Lore are built in the
appearance of Dr. Soong. Lore had to be deactivated and disassembled
because the colonists were afraid of him because he was "cruel"
and "evil." Lore had lured the Crystalline Entity to the colony.
The Crystalline Entity destroyed all lifeforms on the planet, even the
soil bacteria. Dr. Soong and Juliana fled the colony, but left Data
behind. In 2338, Data was found by the crew of the U.S.S. Tripoli NCC-19386.
He subsequently joined Starfleet. He has a pet cat, Spot, who gave birth
to kittens in 2370. In 2364, Data and the Enterprise-D crew found Lore,
and assembled and activated him. When Lore attempted to take control of
the Enterprise-D, Data beamed him into space. (Lore was later picked up by
a Pakled ship.) In 2366 Data created an android offspring named Lal,
however the positronic brain became unstable and she died. In 2367, Dr.
Soong activated Data's homing beacon. Dr. Soong was dying and he wanted to
install an "emotion chip" which contained memories and
programming for emotions. However, Lore also was called back and he stole
the chip. In 2369 Lore found a group of dysfunctional Borg and became
their leader. He used the emotion chip to deactive Data's ethical program
and sent "negative" emotions to Data to manipulate him into
joining the Borg. Data was forced to deactivate Lore after the Enterprise
crew rebooted Data's ethical program. He removed the emotion chip from
Lore and saved it. In 2371, Data and Geordi LaForge installed Data's
emotion chip, which became fused into his neural net due to an overload.
He continues in the development and control of emotions. He is now able to
activate and deactivate the chip on command.
He has been
decorated by Starfleet Command for gallantry, and is the recipient of the
Medal of Honor with clusters, the Legion of Honor, and the Star
2338 Discovered by crew of U.S.S. Tripoli
2341-2345 Attended Starfleet Academy
2346 Posted to U.S.S.
Trieste NCC-37124, Ensign
2349 Promoted to Lieutenant, j.g.
2364 Posted to U.S.S. Enterprise NCC-1701-D, Ops. Lt.
2365 JAG Phillipa Louvois ruled that Data was a sentient
being and not the property of Starfleet
2368 Temporarily commanded the
U.S.S. Sutherland NCC-72015 as part of the Federation blockade during the
Klingon Civil War.
2371 U.S.S. Enterpise NCC-1701-D was destroyed at
2372 Posted to Sovereign-class U.S.S. Enterprise
2373 Served on the Enterprise NCC-1701-E during Borg
Invasion. Killed the Borg Queen by throwing her into plasma
Data was first seen in "Encounter at Farpoint" (TNG).