This page details Michael Burnham in the primary universe; for the Michael Burnham in the mirror universe see Michael Burnham (mirror).
For other uses, see Michael.

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"A year ago, I stood alone. I believed that our survival was more important than our principles. I was wrong. Do we need a mutiny today to prove who we are?"
Michael Burnham to Katrina Cornwell, 2257[src]

Michael Burnham was a 23rd century Human woman, a career Starfleet officer in the 2250s decade. (DSC novel: Desperate Hours; DSC episodes: "The Vulcan Hello", "Battle at the Binary Stars")

Convicted of mutiny against Captain Philippa Georgiou, she was stripped over her rank and sentenced to life imprisonment in 2256. (DSC episodes: "The Vulcan Hello", "Battle at the Binary Stars")

Due to her efforts in helping to bring an end to the Federation-Klingon War of 2256 she was pardoned by the Federation President in 2257, and restored to the rank of Commander. (DSC episode: "Will You Take My Hand?")


Burnham was born on Earth in 2226. In the early 2230s, Burnham and her parents then lived at a Vulcan-human facility on Doctari Alpha. Her parents planned a trip to mars, but she wanted to stay to watch a star go supernova. Unfortunately, the Klingons attacked the facility. As Burnham's father barricaded the kitchen door, her mother hid her in a cabinet. Despite not seeing her parent's death, Burnham heard the klingons gloat about killing her father quickly and her mother longer. Burnham continued to listen as the klingons laughed and had dinner.(DSC episodes: "The Butcher's Knife Cares Not for the Lamb's Cry", "Will You Take My Hand?")

Burnham was then taken in by Vulcan Ambassador Sarek and his human wife, Amanda Grayson on Vulcan. She became the first human to attend the Vulcan Learning Center. During her time there, Burnham was targeted by Logic extremists who were against Vulcan-human interactions. Burnham was physically dead for three minutes and Sarek was forced to initiate a mind meld with her in order to revive her. As result of this meld, a portion of Sarek's Katra remained in Burnham's mind and the two would share a link with each other that would allow them to communicate over great distance and fell other's pain.(DSC episodes: "The Vulcan Hello", "Battle at the Binary Stars", "Lethe")

Burnham and her foster brother, Spock would listen to Amanda when she read Alice's Adventures in Wonderland. Burnham was then given a hard copy from Amanda that she would keep with her well into adulthood. When she was ten years, Burnham and Amand then went with her to a book exchange on Eridani D.(DSC episodes: "Context Is for Kings", "Lethe")

In 2245, Burnham then attended the Vulcan Science Academy, studying quantum physics. She then graduated in 2249 at the top of her class and received the Vulcanian Scientific Legion of Honor. Burnham then applied to the Vulcan Expeditionary Group, but was rejected. Unknown to Burnham, she was rejected because she was human and Sarek was forced to choose between her or Spock, who was half-human. Thus, Sarek chose spock and Burnham believed that it was her weaknesses that resulted in this choice, and that Sarek was wrong to believe in her – a sentiment Amanda dismissed. Sarek's shame ultimately only grew when, eventually, Spock unexpectedly chose to join Starfleet instead of the Expeditionary Group, rendering Sarek's sacrifice of Burnham's Vulcan career pointless.(DSC episodes: "The Vulcan Hello", "Battle at the Binary Stars", "The Butcher's Knife Cares Not for the Lamb's Cry", "Lethe")

Starfleet CareerEdit

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Service recordEdit

Location Assignment Dates Rank or Rate Assignment/Rank Insignia
USS Shenzhou XO 2249-56 Commander
Shenzou discovery Cmdr insignia
USS Discovery Science specialist/officer 2256-
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USS Shenzhou (NCC-1227) personnel
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Discovery personnel
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Federation Starfleet USS Discovery (Crossfield-class) AiriamR.A. BryceM. BurnhamChiefowitzCollinsH. CulberDeckerK. DetmerGotthelfHarringtonKowskiE. LandryLoganG. LorcaMagnusMolinaJ. OwosekunPollardRauseRhysM. RichterSaruP. StametsS. TillyA. TylerWebbWellsWilson UFP seal Starfleet Command logo
USS Discovery (Nebula-class) M. DayritGraznaA. Portikos
ISS Shenzhou (NCC-1227) personnel
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