Son of Starfleet officers Jack Crusher and Beverly Crusher. Wesley was born in 2349, and was raised by his mother following the death of his father, Jack, in 2354 when Wesley was five years old ("True Q" [TNG]). Wesley went to live on the Starship Enterprise -D in 2364, when his mother was assigned to that ship as chief medical officer. ("Encounter at Farpoint, Parts I and II" [TNG]).Wesley spent little time with his father before his death, but recalled that Jack taught him to play baseball. ("Evolution" [TNG]).
Wesley showed a keen interest in science and technology, and had an extraordinary ability to visualize complex mathematical concepts, an ability that the Traveler once urged Captain Picard to nurture. Perhaps in response, Picard commissioned Crusher an acting ensign on stardate 41263.4 in recognition of Wesley's key role in returning the Enterprise -D to Federation space after it was stranded by Kosinski's failed warp-drive experiments. ("Where No One Has Gone Before" [TNG]).
As a member of an away team to planet Rubicun III, Crusher inadvertently broke a local law and was sentenced to death by the planetary government. Crusher was later freed by Enterprise-D captain Picard, although Picard acknowledged that the act violated the Prime Directive.("Justice" [TNG]). Wesley's first experience with command was when Commander Riker assigned him the task of supervising geological surveys of the planets in the Selcun di Drema Sector in 2365. Although Crusher initially found it difficult to supervise officers older than himself, he eventually found that the experience built self-confidence, and Crusher's leadership led to scientifically important discoveries. ("Pen Pals" [TNG]).Crusher conducted a test using medical nanites in 2366, accidentally resulting in the creation of an enhanced version of the tiny robots possessing enough intelligence to be considered a legitimate life-form. The nanites were so recognized and granted colonization rights on planet Kav is Alpha IV. ("Evolution" [TNG]).
Wesley's first romantic interest was with the lovely young Salia, leader of planet Daled IV. Although not human, Salia was a shape-shifting allasomorph who appeared as a teenaged human girl whose keen intelligence and wit captured his interest. ("The Dauphin" [TNG]).
Wesley first attempted to gain entrance to Starfleet Academy in 2364 at age 15. ("Coming of Age" [TNG]). Although he did not win admission at that time, he continued his studies and gained academic credit for his work aboard the Enterprise-D. ("Evolution" [TNG], "Samaritan Snare" [TNG]). Wesley was accepted to Starfleet Academy in 2366, but missed his transport to the Academy because he was participating in a rescue mission after William Riker, Deanna Troi, and Lwaxana Troi had been kidnapped by Ferengi DaiMon Tog. In recognition of his sacrifice, Captain Picard granted Wesley a field promotion to the rank of ensign shortly after the incident. ("Menage a Troi" [TNG]). Wesley finally entered Starfleet Academy in 2367 when a position opened up mid-term in the current class. His final assignment as part of the Enterprise-D crew was to accompany Captain Picard on a diplomatic mission to planet Pentarus V. The mission was interrupted with their transport shuttle, the Nenebek, crashed on Lambda Paz, after which Captain Picard became critically injured. Crusher cared for Picard until a rescue party arrived. ("Final Mission" [TNG]).
Crusher's first year at the Academy went well, and he even gained entry into the Academy's elite Nova Squadron flight team. ("The First Duty" [TNG]). Wesley returned to the Enterprise-D for a brief visit on stardate 45208, where he became very fond of mission specialist Robin Lefler. ("The Game" [TNG]). Crusher's sophomore year was marred by a serious incident in which he and other members of Nova Squadron attempted a prohibited maneuver, and cadet Joshua Albert died in the resulting accident. Although initial testimony by members of the squadron suggested Albert was responsible for the accident, Crusher later came forward with the truth. A reprimand was entered into Crusher's academic record, and he was forced to repeat his sophomore year. ("The First Duty" [TNG]).
Wesley Crusher became disenchanted with his studies at Starfleet and resigned his commission to the Academy in 2370, choosing instead to live among the American Indians on planet Dorvan V, a world currently under Cardassian jurisdiction. Crusher's decision to leave Starfleet in favor of self-exploration was a difficult one, aided by insight offered by the Traveler. ("Journey's End" [TNG]). In an alternate quantum reality visited by Worf in 2370, Wesley Crusher had not left the Enterprise-D but had remained, achieved the rank of Lieutenant, and was assigned to tactical. ("Parallels" [TNG]).
Real name: Richard William Wheaton III
born 29 July 1972, Burbank, California, USA
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