Alfred Bleikoff won the Nobel Prize in Physics for his theory of the origin of the universe. Bleikoff missed the presentation ceremony in Stockholm, however, preferring to join a crowd of antiwar protesters. He was found the next morning speaking to inmates in a cell about the need for peace lovers to study the sciences. Calling his pacifist work a “meager protest against aggression,” Bleikoff’s campaign eventually caught on and that current war ended. An incurable disease led to him accept an offer of being cryogenically frozen as part of Earth’s first major effort in cryonics. He was frozen in the 1990s and sent adrift in space in a capsule.
In the year 2266, Bleikoff’s capsule was recovered by the crew of the USS Enterprise in an historic event recorded for interplanetary viewing. Leonard McCoy revived Bleikoff, but the man seemed to have an unusually persuasive personality, and was able to charm his way into anonymously touring Earth for five days before his official reception. Kirk, Spock, McCoy and Scott showed him the Eiffel Tower, Great Pyramid, Mount Everest, Mount Rushmore National Memorial and the Statue of Liberty, but a reporter recognized him near the Taj Mahal. Describing evidence of paranoia and mistrust because Earth defense screen facilities were built at some of those sites, and claiming that there was a general coldness in Earth society, Bleikoff chose to speak out about love and peace, campaigning persuasively in Rome, New Chicago, Mariana City and Jerusalem for the removal of planetary defenses. But the Enterprise crew realized that the campaign had nefarious goals. Bleikoff’s brain had been replaced with a mechanical one, with the ability to effect mass hypnosis through radio waves, in order to covertly aid an alien invasion. Once he was exposed to a large magnetic field, he collapsed, his brain erased. (TOS comic: "Prophet of Peace")
- Speech at the Colosseum
- “As I stand amid the ruins of a civilization even older than my own, I recall a visit I made to a class of eight-year-olds today. I was staggered to realize that those children – every one of them — know more mathematics than I do! And I am a mathematician! So – what can I teach a world like yours?”