Burnham, Captain Michael

Michael Burnham
Sonequa Martin-Green
FULL NAME:Michael Burnham
CURRENT ASSIGNMENT:Commanding Officer, U.S.S. Discovery NCC-1031-A
PREVIOUS ASSIGNMENT:Executive Officer, U.S.S. Discovery NCC-1031
PLACE OF BIRTH:2226, Earth
Michael Burnham was born in 2226 to human parents, Michael and Gabrielle Burnham. They were killed during a Klingon raid on Doctari Alpha, and Burnham was subsequently raised by the Vulcan Ambassador Sarek and his human wife Amanda on Vulcan, where she later studied at the Vulcan Science Academy.

After she was denied entrance to the Vulcan Expeditionary Group, Burnham joined Starfleet and she served aboard the U.S.S. Shenzhou NCC-1227 under Captain Philippa Georgiou.

In 2256, the U.S.S. Shenzhou encountered a Klingon vessel cloaked near a disabled Federation relay in a binary star system. Convinced they needed to fire upon the Klingons to avoid being destroyed, she incapacitated Captain Georgiou. The U.S.S. Shenzhou was lost at what ultimately became known as the Battle at the Binary Stars — and the start of the Federation/Klingon war.

Michael Burnham was court martialed and sentenced to prison.

She had served six months in prison and was in transit to a facility on Tellun when her shuttle was disabled. She was rescued by the U.S.S. Discovery NCC-1031 under the command of Captain Gabriel Lorca. Wanting a tactical advantage in the war with the Klingons, Captain Lorca recruited Burnham and she was assigned as a science specialist on the U.S.S. Discovery.

In 2257, she was awarded the Starfleet Medal of Honor for helping to end the Federation/Klingon war. Her rank of Commander restored and her mutiny conviction was removed from her service record.

In 3189, aided in retaking U.S.S. Discovery from the Emerald Chain's minister Osyraa.

After helping to discover the origin of The Burn and defeating the Emerald Chain, Burnham was promoted to Captain, assigned as commanding officer of U.S.S. Discovery NCC-1031-A.
2245-2249 Attended Vulcan Science Academy
2249 Assigned to U.S.S. Shenzhou NCC-1227
2255 Promoted to Commander, First Officer U.S.S. Shenzhou
2256 U.S.S. Shenzhou lost at Battle at the Binary Stars
2256 Court martialed and sentenced to prison
2256 Assigned to U.S.S. Discovery NCC-1031, Specialist - Science Division
2256 Aided in destruction of the Klingon Sarcophagus/Ship of the Dead
2257 Awarded Starfleet Medal of Honor for helping to end the Federation/Klingon war, rank of Commander restored
2257 Served on U.S.S. Discovery during battle with Section 31 Control; Discovery lost during the battle
3189 U.S.S. Discovery makes contact with what remains of Starfleet and the Federation
3189 Supervised crew training on refit of U.S.S. Discovery 1031-A
3189 Promoted to Captain, commanding officer U.S.S. Discovery NCC-1031-A