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Katherine Pulaski
Commander Katherine Pulaski, MD
Species: human
Gender: female
Hair color: blonde
Eye color: blue
Home planet: Earth
Affiliation: Starfleet
Position: chief medical officer
Rank: Commander
Rank insignia: Image:Star Trek TNG OF4 Sci.png
Portrayed by: Diana Muldaur

Katherine Pulaski was the replacement chief medical officer for Beverly Crusher during the second season of Star Trek: The Next Generation. She was played by Diana Muldaur, who had appeared on two episodes of Star Trek: The Original Series in the 1960s. Despite being a regular character on the show, Muldaur was always listed during the episode credits as a "Special Guest Star". Image File history File links Wiki_letter_w. ... Image File history File links Pulaski_promo_tng_1. ... In biology, a species is the basic unit of biodiversity. ... This article is about modern humans. ... Gender describes a classification using masculinity and femininity. ... The mirror of the Roman Goddess Venus is often used to represent the female sex. ... Human beings have many variations in hair color (or colour) and hair texture. ... Eye color is a polygenic trait and is determined by the amount and type of pigments present in the eyes iris[1][2]. Although there seem to be three genotypic eye colors (brown, green, and blue), humans and other animals have many phenotypic variations in eye color[3]. These... Earth (often referred to as The Earth) is the third planet in the solar system in terms of distance from the Sun, and the fifth in order of size. ... Starfleet Command In the Star Trek fictional universe, Starfleet is the paramilitary defense, research, diplomacy, and exploration force of the United Federation of Planets (UFP) with – as of the late 24th century – hundreds of starships and starbases at its disposal. ... In the fictional Star Trek universe, the Chief Medical Officer is a medical professional, typically a physician who is the highest ranking member of a Starfleet installation or vessels medical staff. ... Commander is a commissioned rank of the Starfleet in the fictional universe of Star Trek. ... Image File history File links Star_Trek_TNG_OF4_Sci. ... Diana Muldaur (born August 19, 1938 in New York, New York), is an American television actress. ... In the fictional Star Trek universe, the Chief Medical Officer is a medical professional, typically a physician who is the highest ranking member of a Starfleet installation or vessels medical staff. ... Beverly Crusher, a character in the Star Trek fictional universe, was the Chief Medical Officer onboard the USS Enterprise-D and held the rank of Commander; upon the destruction of that ship, she has continued in that post and rank on the USS Enterprise-E. This character first appeared in... The title as it appeared in most episodes opening credits. ... Diana Muldaur (born August 19, 1938 in New York, New York), is an American television actress. ... The starship Enterprise as it appeared on Star Trek Star Trek is a culturally significant science fiction television series created by Gene Roddenberry in the 1960s. ...


Prior to serving on the Enterprise, she served on the USS Repulse under Captain Taggart, who was very sorry to lose her. The USS Enterprise (NCC-1701-D), in the Star Trek fictional universe, is the Galaxy class starship It is the fifth Federation starship to bear the name Enterprise. ...


Kate was a fairly traditional doctor, well versed in methods that her nurses considered archaic, such as splints. She also had an excellent bedside manner, and was known to prescribe "PCS" — Pulaski's Chicken Soup — for minor ailments. She shared many personality traits with Dr. Leonard McCoy of TOS, including a distrust of transporters and androids. A splint is a medical device for the immobilisation of limbs or of the spine. ... Leonard Horatio McCoy, M.D., nicknamed Bones (as in Sawbones, an old-fashioned colloquialism for a doctor or a surgeon), is a fictional character in the Star Trek universe, played by the late DeForest Kelley. ...


Pulaski was also well respected in the field of research. Her book, Linear Models of Viral Propagation, was the standard text on the subject for several years.


Her myriad interests included poker and Klingon literature. Poker Room at the Trump Taj Mahal, Atlantic City, New Jersey Poker is a card game, the most popular of a class of games called vying games, in which players with fully or partially concealed cards make wagers into a central pot, which is awarded to the player or players... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... Old book bindings at the Merton College library. ...


Pulaski had been married and divorced three times by the time she was posted to the Enterprise in 2365. She remained on good terms with all three men. Prior to this she was involved with Kyle Riker, estranged father of Enterprise first officer William Riker, but they never married because of his preoccupation with his work. In the fictional Star Trek universe, Kyle Riker was a civilian strategist sometimes working for Starfleet. ... William Thomas Riker is a character in the Star Trek universe played by Jonathan Frakes, who appears in the television series Star Trek: The Next Generation (TNG) and all the movies focusing on the TNG characters. ...


She had some personality conflicts with Lieutenant Commander Data, insofar as someone can have personality conflicts with someone who's incapable of emotion. Despite the fact that Data has always been seen as alive (and later won the legal rights of a sentient being), Pulaski thought of Data as being a machine, and didn't understand why he wanted to be human. In another parallel with McCoy, this was similar to McCoy's ongoing debates with Mr. Spock over the nature of humanity. But while audiences had enjoyed McCoy's affectionate verbal sparring with Spock, Data's innocent nature left him ill-equipped to deal with Pulaski's put-downs, making Pulaski seem needlessly harsh. Their relationship presumably would have evolved, had Muldaur stayed with the show, but as it was fans never warmed to it. Data is a character in the Star Trek fictional universe. ... For the paediatrician, see Dr Benjamin Spock Spock, also called Mr. ...


Pulaski was never particularly popular with viewers, particularly fans of Gates McFadden. Many fans saw Pulaski as a transparently conceived female version of McCoy. Following production of the second season, Muldaur left TNG in order to join the cast of L.A. Law, and McFadden was rehired to continue playing Dr. Crusher. In terms of official Star Trek canon, it has never been revealed why Pulaski left the Enterprise or what became of her afterward, although she has appeared in several officially licenced (but non-canon) novels. Some TNG fans on the internet jokingly claim that Pulaski met her end plummeting down an open turbolift shaft, a reference to the fate of Muldaur's character on L.A. Law. McFadden as Dr. Crusher on Star Trek: The Next Generation Cheryl Gates McFadden (born March 2, 1949 in Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio), usually credited as Gates McFadden, is an American actress and choreographer. ... The L.A. Law opening title featured a personalized license plate mounted on a Jaguar. ... In the context of fiction, the canon of a fictional universe comprises those novels, stories, films, etc. ... A turbolift is a highspeed human transport device in the Star Trek universe which is similar to an elevator. ...


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 The Next Generation  Picard | Riker | Data | La Forge | Worf | B. Crusher | Troi | W. Crusher | Yar | Pulaski
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