I am kind of new to Star Trek: The Next Generation, and when I discovered Data and wondered: who is his creator? I haven't watched all the episodes and would like to know who created Data. Just a bonus, what is Data made of/or what is his programming?

  • 4
    Data was created by Dr. Noonien Soong (also played by Brent Spiner, suggesting Soong created Data in his own image. Data is also referred to as a "positronic" robot, as a nod to the robot stories of Isaac Asimov. More detail than you could possibly want about everything Star Trek can be found at memory-alpha.org.
    – jeffedsell
    Commented Jan 28, 2014 at 2:23
  • 2
    That is a Next Generation episode, not Enterprise.
    – Xantec
    Commented Jan 28, 2014 at 2:46
  • 5
    @Secko - TOS was called Star Trek... it only became TOS after TNG
    – HorusKol
    Commented Jan 28, 2014 at 4:04
  • 3
    @Trollwut - Probably downvoted because it shows very little attempt at research. Most SE sites expect at least an attempt at finding information on your own before asking on a site, as referenced in the help section: scifi.stackexchange.com/help/how-to-ask
    – JohnP
    Commented Jan 28, 2014 at 14:46
  • 5
    @Trollwut - It doesn't matter if he knows the memory alpha site or not. Basic research of any search engine and "Who created data" gives the answer. It shows that he did no research at all.
    – JohnP
    Commented Jan 28, 2014 at 16:13

2 Answers 2


Memory Alpha (Star Trek Wiki site) is your best resource for all things Star Trek.

MA's Data article tells you what you need:

Data was the fifth of six known androids designed by Dr. Noonian Soong. He was built on the planet Omicron Theta around 2336, after Lore was deactivated, and over the protests of Soong's wife Juliana. Soong claimed he built Data to perfect his design of his androids, and when Data was perfected, apply his improvements to Lore.

Bonus answers (but you should never post >1 question per post on SE, so I will only answer one):

He was composed of 24.6 kilograms of tripolymer composites, 11.8 kilograms of molybdenum-cobalt alloys and 1.3 kilograms of bioplast sheeting. (TNG: "The Most Toys") ... All told, he weighed approximately one hundred kilograms. (TNG: "Inheritance") Data's upper spinal support was a polyalloy designed to withstand extreme stress. His skull was composed of cortenide and duranium. (TNG: "The Chase")

Further details on Data and similar androids are on http://en.memory-alpha.org/wiki/Soong-type_android

  • 1
    More on number of androids: scifi.stackexchange.com/questions/121/…
    – AncientSwordRage
    Commented Jan 28, 2014 at 7:11
  • Data's origins and creator are covered pretty well by the series. There are several episodes dedicated to Data and his "family," so watching the series will also be a good source of info. In other news, Dr. Noonian Soong is not to be confused with Khan Noonien Singh, who is of no relation.
    – Matt
    Commented Jan 28, 2014 at 19:29

Technically speaking, there were two creators

In TNG 'Datalore', we learn from Lore and some pretty strong evidence down on Omicron Theta that Data was created by Dr Noonien Soong. And in TNG 'Inheritance', we learn there was another:

JULIANA: Oh, Data, I was there, right at the beginning on Omicron Theta. I helped create you. Now look at you.


So, technically speaking, Data was created by two people: Dr Noonien Soong and Dr Juliana Tainer (then Soong).

  • Good find!!!!!!! Commented Apr 27, 2016 at 3:34
  • @DVK-in-exile Why thank you! Commented Apr 27, 2016 at 3:37

Your Answer

By clicking “Post Your Answer”, you agree to our terms of service and acknowledge you have read our privacy policy.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.