Meyran Cates Semple, PhD Undersecretary, Department of Colonial Affairs United Federation of Planets Born 9 August 2350, Canterbury, United Kingdom, Terra Married Tierney Harlan Semple, PhD, 15 May, 2382 One child: Patrick Tierney, born 18 February 2383 Education: 2371 AB, Political Science, University of Cambridge 2373 MPhil, Political Science, University of Cambridge 2378 PhD, Interplanetary Relations, London School of Economics Professional History: 2378-2381 Asst. Professor, Interplanetary Relations, U. of York 2381-2384 Assc. Professor, Interplanetary Relations, U. of York 2384-2387 Minister, Permanent Mission of Terra to the UFP 2387-2409 Professor, Centre for Interplanetary Studies, U. of Oxford 2389-2392 Director, Centre for Interplanetary Studies, U. of Oxford 2392-2395 Dean, Faculty of Social Studies, U. of Oxford 2395-2396 Representative, UFP Commission on Sentient Rights 2396-2398 Visiting Professor, Political Science, U. of the UFP 2398-2403 Member, Commission on Interplanetary Sentient Issues 2403-2408 Chair, Commission on Interplanetary Sentient Issues 2409- Undersecretary, Department of Colonial Affairs, United Federation of Planets Meyran ('may-RAHN') Cates Semple is a descendant of American expatriots who moved to the UK in the early 21st century. Her father, Gregory Atwood Cates, was an attorney for the UFPCLU; her mother, Danielle Darragh-Cates, was a sociologist with the Centre for the Study of Social and Political Movements at the University of Kent at Canterbury. Throughout her childhood and adolescence, her parents instilled in her a sense of need for social justice. She may thank them, now both deceased, for the career path she eventually chose. Meyran was always an exceptional student, but with a brashness that many of her instructors did not care to tolerate. Her school records are riddled with complaints from teachers saying that, regardless of the quality of her work, 'something must be done about that child.' Her attitude followed her to Cambridge, where she succeeded academically but managed to raise the rankles of not a few of some of the more traditionally-minded tutors. There was one notable exception of her political science tutor, who eventually became her mentor, and advised her through the course work leading to her Master of Philosophy in Political Science. On his recommendation, she elected to pursue her doctorate not at Cambridge, but at the London School of Economics. Her mentor was retiring from academia, and, in the same way some of the other scholars were unwilling to tolerate her, she was unwilling to tolerate them and their petty political bickering. LSE was little better, but maturity led the way to a more tolerant nature, and by the time she earned her PhD, she had improved her skills in holding her tongue when it would be in her better interest. She secured a teaching post at the University of York, where she was granted tenure after three years. She met her future husband, historian Tierney Semple, at her tenure reception. They were married a year later, and, a year after that, Meyran gave birth to a son, Patrick. Her publications on the evolving view of sentience attracted the attention of her field, and many outside it, as well -- including the UFP President. She was appointed Minister of the Permanent Mission of Terra to the United Federation of Planets for a three-year term. Her husband took a visiting professorship at the University of the UFP, and the family moved to San Francisco for three years. Upon her return to academia, she was invited to be a part of the Centre for Interplanetary Studies at Oxford. She accepted -- besides the prestige, she had a strange satisfaction from working for her alma mater's rival institution. She eventually became the director of the Centre, and later Dean of the Faculty of Social Sciences. She continued to be active in UFP politics as an advisor as well as serving on various commissions. She became known as an authority on the current thinking on sentient rights and the rights of native populations. It was indeed not a surprise for many when she was appointed Undersecretary for Colonial Affairs in the Department of Colonial Affairs.
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