From: Star Trek: The Original Series
From: Star Trek: The Motion Picture
STARFLEET HISTORICAL FILE: Uhura
Mid-level Biography Brief Mode
Date of birth: 2239
Place of birth: United States of Africa, Earth
Parents: Mother, M'Umbha
Education: Starfleet Academy, 2257-61
Starfleet Career Summary
2266 — Communications officer, U.S.S. Enterprise, under Capt. James T. Kirk
2271 — Promoted to lieutenant commander, refit U.S.S. Enterprise under Capt. Will Decker
2277 — Assigned to Starfleet Academy cadet training and Starfleet Command communications
2285 — By now a commander, aboard U.S.S. Enterprise for rescue of Genesis development team
2286 — Inquiry dismisses charges related to theft of U.S.S. Enterprise
2287 — Oversees communications on new U.S.S. Enterprise NCC-1701-A
Uhura served as communications officer aboard the Enterprise on one of its early five-year missions, under the command of James T. Kirk. It is not unusual to see her rewire or repair her own communications board during a crisis.
In Swahili the name of Uhura, a striking black woman, translates to "freedom," and she speaks that language fluently. She also has a singing voice and was known to entertain members of the U.S.S. Enterprise crew, accompanying herself on the Vulcan harp. Uhura has shown some romantic interest in Scotty, but it was never pursued. After her memory was wiped in 2267 by the space probe Nomad, Uhura spent considerable time relearning the huge pieces of information the probe had destroyed.
Uhura served at Starfleet Command on Earth after the reassignment of the original U.S.S. Enterprise to Starfleet Academy in 2284, where part of her duty was to give lectures. Prior to the Khitomer peace conference, Uhura returned to her former post on the U.S.S. Enterprise-A at the request of Captain Kirk.