Biography on the Vulcans of Star Trek
There have been 5 different Star Trek TV series and 11 Star Trek movies. This is a brief introduction to some of the more famous Vulcans. Spock is not covered as he has already been profiled on another lens.
Names in this introduction include Saavik, Tuvok, T'Pol, Sarek, T'Pring, Sybok, Surak, T'Pau and Valeris
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Father of Vulcan philosophy, a man of peace and logic who helped lead his people out of a period of devestating wars, some two thousand years ago, when his people were ruled by violent passions. A replica of Surak was created by the Excalbians in 2269 as part of their attempt to study the human concept of "good" and "evil." Surak led his people during what became known as the Time of Awakening; his philosophies of peace and logic helped prevent his people from being destroyed by the Stone of Gol in a terrible civil war.
Rank: Promoted to commander (Vulcan rank) in 2154
Assignment: First Officer, Earth starship Enterprise NX-01
Full Name: T'Pol
Year of Birth: 2088
Parentage: Mother, T'Les; Father Deceased
Marital status: Married Koss in 2154 after previously cancelling betrothal
2135 - While serving in Ministry of Security, completed training in reconnaisance and retrieval; immediately dispatched to apprehend several rogue Vulcan operatives, with mixed success; afterwards resigned and went on retreat at P'Jem
2136 (ca.) - Joined Science Directorate
2148 - Served as Deputy Science Officer on Vulcan vessel Seleya under Captain Voris
2149 - Transferred to Vulcan Consulate on Earth
2151 - Assigned as observer on Enterprise NX-01 initially during starship's first mission; opted to remain on board as science officer under command of Captain Jonathan Archer
2153 - Resigned her commission with the Vulcan High Command in order to accompany Enterprise on its mission to the Delphic Expanse
2154 - Upon return from Delphic Expanse, accepted a commission with Starfleet with a rank of Commander
Profile: Report of Starfleet Diplomatic Relations Office
The Vulcans insisted that T'Pol oversee Enterprise's voyages and refused to supply starcharts unless this demand was met. This is not a position for which T'Pol volunteered. Her skill as a science officer is unquestioned, but working alongside primitive and irrational humans is an ongoing lesson in Vulcan patience. T'Pol and Archer often disagree, but are gradually learning mutual respect.
A High ranking Vulcan official. T'Pau was the only person ever to turn down a seat on the Federation Council. She also presided over Spock's wedding challenge in 2267. In 2373, Voyager's Emergency Medical Hologram incorporated segments of T'Pau's personality into his personality-improvement program.
Sarek, son of Skon and grandson of Solkar, represented his government at the Babel conference in 2267.
Sarek gave his son, Spock, his first lessons in computer science, but Spock chose to devote himself to Starfleet rather than the Vulcan Science Academy. This and other differences prevented Spock and Sarek from speaking as father and son for 18 years.
Being 102.437 years of age in 2267, Sarek had planned to retire after the Babel conference, for medical reasons.
A malfunction in one of Sarek's heart valves required Chief Surgeon McCoy to perform surgery that required a transfusion of rare type T-negative blood from his son, Spock. Sarek survived the operation, and an understanding between father and son was reached.
Following the death of his son Spock in 2285, Sarek traveled to Earth, where he asked Kirk's assistance in returning Spock's katra to planet Vulcan. Kirk was ultimately successful in recovering both Spock's katra and his regenerated body. Sarek then made a highly unusual request for a fal-tor-pon ceremony, which was successful in rejoining Spock's body and living spirit. Perhaps in gratitude for Kirk's efforts, Sarek testified on Kirk's behalf at the Federation Council when the Klingon government attempted to extradite Kirk for his alleged crimes.
Sarek helped lay the groundwork for the historic Khitomer peace accords with the Klingon empire, sending Spock to meet Chancelor Gorkon and to open a dialog following the disastrous explosion of the Klingon moon, Praxis, in 2293.
Sarek married several times during his life. His first wife was a Vulcan princess, with whom he had a son named Sybok. Following the death of his first wife, Sarek married Amanda, a human woman, with whom he had a son named Spock. At the time of his death in 238, Sarek was married to Perrin, another human woman.
In 2266, at age 202, Ambassador Sarek concluded negotiations on a historic treaty with the Legarans. Sarek had been working on the accord for 93 years, and the treaty was the final triumph of his career. At the time of the talks, Sarek was suffering from degenerative Bendii syndrome, but the ambassador was able to maintain emotional control with the help of a mind-meld with Jean-Luc Picard. Sarek convalesced for several months while Bendii Syndrome continued to take it's toll on his emotional control. Just prior to his death, Sarek met again with Captain Picard, when Picard sought information on the unexplained sighting of Spock on Romulus.
Sarek died in his home on Vulcan in 2368 from the degenerative effects of Bendii Syndrome. He was survived by his wife, Perrin, and his son, Ambassador Spock.
Son of Sarek of Vulcan and half-brother to Spock. Sybok was born in 2224 to Sarek and his first wife, a Vulcan princess. After the death of his mother, Sybok was raised with his half-brother, Spock.
Even as a youth, Sybok was a rebel in the highly conformist Vulcan society, and he was eventually ostracized because he sought to find meaning in emotion as well as in logic.
Sybok left his homeworld to pursue his visions of the mythical planet Sha Ka Ree. Sybok did not realize that these visions had been implanted by a malevolent creature living near the center of the galaxy. This creature inspired Sybok to gather a group of followers at the planet Nimbus III in 2287, then to hijack the starship Enterprise-A to the planet it called Sha Ka Ree, in hopes of using the starship to gain it's own freedom. Sybok perished at the planet he believed was Sha Ka Ree, having realized too late the malevolent nature of the entity there.
Vulcan woman who was telepathically bonded to Spock when they were both seven years old. at their marriage ceremony in 2267, she rejected Spock and selected Captain Kirk as her champion, forcing the two men to fight for her possession. She had chosen Kirk, knowing that Spock would release her for making the challenge and that Kirk would not want her, so that she would be free to choose Stonn as her consort. T'Pring explained that Spock had become something of a legend among her people, and that she did not wish to be the consort of a legend, preferring Stonn.
Security officer on the USS Voyager. Tuvok taught at Starfleet Academy for 16 years. He was married in 2304 to T'Pel. Tuvok and T'Pel had four children, three sons and a daughter. At home on Vulcan Tuvok was proficient at playing his Vulcan lute, a stringed instrument. He was skilled at horticulture, known for growing prize Vulcan orchids.
Tuvok entered Starfleet Academy in 2289 at his parents' insistence. In 2293, he was assigned to the USS Excelsior as a junior science officer under the command of Captain Hikaru Sulu. Tuvok did not realize it at the time, but he became infected with a parisitic memory virus from fellow crewmember Dmitri Valtane.
Tuvok found it difficult to accept the multicultural environment of Starfleet, preferring the controlled discipline of his own Vulcan people. Tuvok even spoke out against Captain Spock's visionary proposal of an alliance between the Federation and the Klingon Empire.
Tuvok resigned from Starfleet shortly thereafter and returned to Vulcan to undergo the Kolinahr discipline. His studies were interrupted when he underwent Pon Farr and married T'Pel. After raising a family of his own, Tuvok appreciated his parents' motives for sending him to Starfleet. After a 51-year absence, Tuvok returned to Starfleet in 2349 and was assigned to the USS Wyoming.
Tuvok was once stationed at the Jupiter station sometime prior to 2371. While there, he kept in touch with Katheryn Janeway by written letters. Tuvok taught archery science for several years at the Vulcan Institute of Defensive Arts.
In 2371, Tuvok went undercover and infiltrated the Maquis, ending up on Chakotay's ship. The Maquis ship and later the Voyager were abruptly transported to the Delta Quadrant, and Tuvok returned to his regular Starfleet duties. Tuvok, who had been Kathryn Janeway's tactical officer for many years, would ordinarily have been assigned to replace Voyager's first officer, who died in the first encounter with the Caretaker. Janeway nevertheless elected to appoint Chakotay to that position in the interest of building trust with the new Maquis members of her crew.
In 2371, a member of the Komar species took control of Tuvok and attempted to lead Voyager into a dark-matter nebula so that the Komar could extract the crew's neural energy. The attempt was not successful, and the alien left Tuvok's body. In 2342, Tuvok preformed a Vulcan mind-meld with confessed murderer Lon Sudor. The meld caused a neurochemical imbalance in Tuvok's brain, leading to a temporary, violent loss of emotional self-control.
In 2372, Tuvok and Nelix were involved in a transporter accident that merged them at the molecular level, forming a new living being who adopted the name Tuvix. Tuvok did not exist during the two weeks that Tuvix lived.
Valeris was a Starfleet officer who was part of a conspiracy to assassinate Klingon Chancelor Gorkon in 2293. Valeris had been mentored by Spock, and was the first Vulcan to graduate at the top of her class at Starfleet Academy. Although fiercely logical, Valeris feared the changes that would be wrought when a new era of peace came upon the Federation. She was arrested at the Khitomer peace conference for her role in the assassination of Gorkon.
Starfleet officer who, as a cadet, served as navigator aboard the USS Enterprise during the Project Genesis crisis in 2285. Saavik, a Vulcan (possibly half Romulan, half Vulcan), had been mentored by Spock, who counseled her that tolerance of her human colleagues was logical. Following the Genesis crisis, Saavik, along with David Marcus, transferred to the USS Grissom for further study of the Genesis Planet. Saavik later returned to planet Vulcan.
Your turn to talk - Who is your favourite Vulcan?
LaurenIM on September 21, 2012:
when i was a young woman (now i'm old) lol but when I was young, they called me Mrs. Spock...
Joan Haines on September 13, 2012:
Spock. He just is the best. "Squid Angel blessed."
TeacherSerenia (author) on September 13, 2012:
@KayeSI: I have collected most of the books related to Vulcan - and read many of the others.
I currently own copies of Sarek, Federation, Spock's World, Crucible:Spock, Vulcans Heart and Strangers from the Sky.
My second favourite character after Spock is Uhura.
Susan300 on September 13, 2012:
** Angel Blessed! **
KayeSI on September 13, 2012:
Very interesting. And my absolute fave, hands down, is Spock :) Have you read any of the books. There are several about other Vulcans that are fun to read and fascinating as well. Enjoy!
Melissa Miotke from Arizona on September 12, 2012:
Valeris is my favorite. Blessed!
SteveKaye on September 12, 2012:
I still like Spock.
TravelingRae on September 29, 2011:
Sarek, as played by Mark Lenard.