- This page details George Samuel Kirk, Sr. in the primary universe; for the George Samuel Kirk, Sr. in the Kelvin timeline created by Nero's temporal incursion see George Samuel Kirk, Sr. (Kelvin timeline).
- This character is a member of the Kirk family.
George was born in 2202, in Riverside, Iowa on Earth's North American continent, the youngest son of Tiberius Kirk. He also had one elder brother, James Kirk. (TOS movie: Star Trek, TOS novels: The Motion Picture, Best Destiny, Past Prologue, Time for Yesterday, Enterprise: The First Adventure, Final Frontier, TOS website: Starfleet Shipyard)
His paternal grandfather was Samuel Abraham Kirk, who served as the ship's historian aboard the USS Pioneer, one of the first Federation Starfleet vessels, in the 2160s. His paternal grandmother is Valeria Messalina Kirk whom served under Captain Malcolm Reed's command on the USS Pioneer as the armory officer. (ENT - Rise of the Federation novel: A Choice of Futures)
In the mid-2220s, Kirk was a midshipman on the working trader ship Alexandria. Several years later, he met a young woman named Winona. They were married in 2229. (TOS novels: The Great Starship Race, Final Frontier)
Married life was an adventure for the young couple, but once Winona became pregnant they looked for a place to raise their family. They bought a farm in the small town of Riverside, Iowa, though most of the farming would be done under lease by their Amish neighbors. Most household duties fell to Winona, as George still served in Starfleet as a security officer and was away from Earth for long periods. (TOS novels: Final Frontier, Best Destiny)
Despite this the Kirks still managed to start a family. George Samuel Kirk, Jr., their elder son, was born on 12 August 2230. On 22 March 2233, James T. Kirk, their younger son, was born 1 month premature (TOS novel: Best Destiny) when Winona accidentally tripped over one of the pigs located on the farm. (ENT novel: Last Full Measure; TOS novel: Enterprise: The First Adventure)
James T. Kirk would later recall that his father was the mayor, having been elected under the Back-to-Earth ticket. This political party required its members participate in primitive farming. As George was quite busy, most of this farming had to be done by a young James T. Kirk. (TOS novel: World Without End)
In 2241, George held James in his arms one night while both looked up at the stars. This was the moment when James decided he wanted to travel in space. James later credited his father as his inspiration for joining Starfleet. (TOS novel: The Return, TOS movie: Star Trek) James recalled that while his father was mostly away in space, when he returned on leave "he'd come home armed with outdoor gear or a ticket to an adventure park or a new museum. Always doing things with his boys" (TOS novel: Best Destiny).
In the late-2230s and early-2240s, Kirk was assigned to Starbase 2 as chief of security, rising to the rank of commander by 2243 when George was abducted from Starbase 2 by his old friend Captain Robert April. April wanted him to serve as first officer aboard a top secret new super ship -- a starship -- which although incomplete, was the only vessel advanced enough to conduct a rescue of the SS Rosenberg. George later suggested naming the starship the USS Enterprise. (TOS novel: Final Frontier)
Around 2245, James fantasized about serving alongside George. In 2246, George and Winona took James into space for the first time when she took up a position on Tarsus IV. Winona worked on Tarsus IV while George was away working on a number of classified missions for Starfleet. While the Kirk family lived on Tarsus IV James witnessed the atrocity. George was away at the time, with his family not even sure where he was. Upon meeting the Kirk family Lieutenant Commander Philippa Georgiou made a mental note to have Captain Aurobindo Korrapati get a message out to George to inform him of what happened. Young James returned to Earth with a hatred of his father. Starfleet only gave George one week to comfort his son. George took the week, but not a day more. (TOS short story: "First Star I See Tonight", TOS novel: Best Destiny, DSC novel: Drastic Measures, TOS episode: "The Conscience of the King")
In 2247, George, Winona, and their children left Earth when George was assigned to the planet Grex following an Orion withdrawal from the planet. George was with James on the planet Grex when the Janus gate on Tlaoli IV swapped James with his 2266-self, an event that remained unknown to George. A year after their arrival on Grex, the family were forced to leave aboard the transport vessel Eliza Mae when a civil war broke out between native factions on the planet. They presumably returned to the family farm in Riverside. George took James for his first visit aboard the Enterprise later that year. (TOS novel: Past Prologue)
In 2249, when James was exhibiting dangerous rebelliousness and disdain for his father, George took James for his second trip (according to this story) into space and his first aboard the USS Enterprise. They then embarked on a side trip aboard a small Starfleet cutter which was then pirated, killing some of the crew. Through these incidents James regained respect for his father and Starfleet and decided to enter the Academy. (TOS novel: Best Destiny)
He had last seen his family six months earlier, in late 2249, at a launchport where James insulted his father so vehemently that, after George's ship had launched, Winona slapped James across the face and walked off. He was missing in action and believed dead in early 2250, on planet Hellspawn, where he'd volunteered to be assigned. (TOS short story: "First Star I See Tonight", TOS novel: Crisis on Centaurus)
In the late 2270s decade, when Admiral James T. Kirk was offering advice to Nick Keller, he offered the notion that "peace might not be an option". He followed the thought by adding that "a Romulan friend" (probably T'Cael) had told his father, George Kirk, that "there's a lot of peace in a prison camp". (TOS - New Earth novel: Challenger)
- "Childhood is the only home a man can ever have." (TOS novel: Killing Time)
- "Don't be afraid to be a sponge. Soak up everything you can." (TOS novel: The Better Man)
His name has alternatively been rendered as George Joseph Kirk (TOS novel: Academy: Collision Course). Presumably, young Joseph Kirk was meant to be named for him (TOS novels: Preserver, Captain's Blood, Captain's Peril, Captain's Glory). Similarly, his father's name was given as Samuel in the novelization of Star Trek: The Motion Picture.
|USS Kelvin (NCC-0514) personnel|
|Humphrey • Alnschloss K'Bentayr • George Kirk • Winona Kirk • Michael Pitts • Richard Robau • unnamed USS Kelvin personnel|
|Starbase 2 personnel|
|Mahmud al-Khaled • George Samuel Kirk, Sr. • Anton Novochaeoive • Francis Drake Reed|
- TOS movie: Star Trek
- ENT novel: Last Full Measure
- TOS novel: Final Frontier
- TOS novel: Best Destiny
- TOS novel: Academy: Collision Course
- TOS novel: Crisis on Centaurus
- TOS short story: "First Star I See Tonight"