Rank: Lieutenant Junior Grade
Position: Assistant Chief Science Officer
Born: November 23, 2357
Noah is tall and extremely skinny; he's the sort of man that you might think would be easily toppled by a gentle spring breeze. This is not usually a problem, because he stays inside, explaining his pale complexion. His hair and eyes are both light brown, which means that he usually doesn't stand out in a crowd. His face is classically handsome, even when lit by the glow of a computer console, as it normally is.
His body is slender, appearing lithely muscular due to the fact that he eats much less than is advisable and is forced to keep up a routine of physical exercise as mandated by Starfleet. On duty, he tends to wear a lab coat over his uniform, and off duty, he wears clothes that are comfortable.
Noah is a scientist at heart; he is interested in the pursuit of knowledge, and doesn't have a whole lot of time for people. He works late into the night, if something sparks his interests, and is very at home in an empty office or lab, doing his work. His ability to socialize is somewhat stunted, and he is imminently shy and his work always takes first priority, despite the fact that he does have a latent desire to be with people.
He is, though, strikingly intelligent, with the ability to understand scientific and engineering problems very quickly. He can be extremely creative in his solutions, and can jump three or four steps ahead of most people, though this also makes it hard for him to work in groups.
Noah does have a tendency to get distracted, and usually has several projects running at once, and will start new research when his interests are sparked.
Noah Slater was born into a single-parent home on the Luna Colony, in 2357 to Elizabeth Slater. His father was a musician, but his mother did not think that a mere pregnancy was reason enough to marry him; she made sure that Noah did not ever come to know him. As a child, Noah found himself spending much of his time in his mother's office, as she worked on medical and biological research, so he was exposed to science from a very young age.
Even in primary school, he demonstrated an incredible capacity for knowledge, across most of the subjects that were taught in the Federation schooling system. By age 16, he had finished secondary school, a full two years ahead of schedule.
After secondary school, he enrolled at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where he obtained first Bachelor of Science degree in Astrophysics, then a Master of Science, and then finally a Doctor of Philosophy during his ten years there. In that time, his academic skills flourished, but he never really branched out and socialized, and this was not helped by the fact that he stayed at the same institution for so long. While working on his dissertation, he worked on several projects for Starfleet Science, on deep space observation platforms in the Sol System, as a provisional Ensign.
When he finished his dissertation in Stellar Cartography in hand, he began to look for a suitable position, eventually settling on continued service with the fleet, after experiencing the vast scientific resources that it had to offer. He was admitted as an active duty line officer after one year's additional training in starship operations at Starfleet Academy.
His first posting, in perhaps an ironic move, he was made an Assistant Professor of Astrophysics at Starfleet Academy, never having attended the institution as an undergraduate cadet. Having been ensconced in academia all of his life, he thought it would be the perfect posting.
A personal lab with research assistants was perfect for him, but he found teaching to be very difficult, especially when trying to deal with students on a one-on-one basis. He began to realize that he could only explain things to people who were as smart as he was, and not all cadets were, so he tended to leave entire classes behind in the dust.
This pattern continued for three years; he found a few exceptional students that did well in his courses, but mostly found that students didn't keep up with him. On the other hand, he published several important papers on Stellar Cartography, Astrophysics, and Astrometrics, and his personal research progressed measurably.
Finally, in 2387, he requested a transfer to a space-borne posting, so he could focus completely on his research, without the interference of students.
Mother: Elizabeth Slater