- For other uses, see Mandela.
Nelson Mandela (July 18, 1918 - December 5, 2013) was a South African political activist and politician who lived during the 20th and 21st centuries. He was a political prisoner from 1963 to 1990 and later served as the President of South Africa from 1994 to 1999.
Both the 23rd century Federation the USS Mandela and its 24th century namesake were likewise named after him. (TOS - The Brave and the Bold, Book One novella: The First Artifact, VOY short story: "Seduced")