Wednesday, January 2, 2013


Zefram Cochrane was the inventor of the warp drive in the Star Trek Universe. He first appeared in the original series episode "Metamorphosis". In that episode, we learned that the elderly Cochrane wanted to die in space, but he was found by an alien entity called the Companion, who made him young again but kept him prisoner. Cochrane told the Companion he was lonely, so she abducted Kirk, Spock, McCoy, and an ill Federation Commissioner, Nancy Hedford. The Companion merged with Nancy, and Cochrane elected to remain with her. Cochrane also appeared in the movie Star Trek: First Contact. In the movie, the Borg traveled back in time in an attempt to prevent his warp drive experiment, which initiated first contact between Earth and Vulcan. After his ship, the Phoenix, was damaged by the Borg, the Enterprise crew tried to convince Cochrane to continue with the experiment. They told him about how his invention would change with world, and Cochrane resisted, and attempted to run away. Eventually, he was convinced, and carried out the warp drive experiment, keeping the future intact.

Zefram is an invented name. It has a similar sound to the name Zephyr. It does not appear in the Social Security Administration's name database.

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