Sir Arthur Conan Doyle was a Human author. Living in 19th century England, he wrote the famous Sherlock Holmes novels and short stories. He created the character of Professor James Moriarty as a worthy adversary of Holmes. (TNG: "Elementary, Dear Data", "Ship in a Bottle")

Captain Spock once implied that he was a descendant of Doyle's – "An ancestor of mine maintained, that if you eliminate the impossible, whatever remains, however improbable, must be the truth." (Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country)

Data was very much interested in the works of Arthur Conan Doyle and it was Captain Picard who introduced him to the author. (TNG: "Data's Day")

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Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country director and screenplay writer Nicholas Meyer had previously written the screenplay for The Seven-Per-Cent Solution, based on his novel. The film and book feature Sherlock Holmes, Arthur Conan Doyle's creation. This may be the reason that Spock implies that he is a descendant of Doyle's through his mother Amanda Grayson.

Although Professor Moriarty described Conan Doyle as an Englishman in "Ship in a Bottle", he was in fact Scottish.

A. Conan Doyle received credit as the Sherlock Holmes characters' creator in the end credits of the TNG Season 6 episode "Ship in a Bottle". It was also mentioned that this use was arranged with Dame Jean Conan Doyle.

According to the Star Trek Encyclopedia (4th ed., vol. 1, p. 217), the birth and death years of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle were 1859 and 1930, respectively.

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