Compton was a male Human Starfleet crewman who lived during the mid-23rd century. He served in the operations division aboard the USS Enterprise under Captain James T. Kirk.

In 2268, Compton was a member of the landing party to the planet Scalos. While there collecting soil samples, he became the first to experience the hyper-acceleration effects of the Scalosian water. He was convinced by one of the females to assist in their hijacking of the Enterprise.

When Captain Kirk was attacked by a Scalosian while attempting to foil their plot, Compton had a change of heart and tried to protect him. While doing so, he was cut in the neck by Rael. The resulting cell damage caused Compton to rapidly age and die, due to the hyper-accelerated state he was in.

When Kirk saw Compton's corpse, he lamented sadly, "He was so young." (TOS: "Wink of an Eye")

Compton was played by actor Geoffrey Binney.
According to the 9 September 1968 draft of the script, Compton was described as "a healthy young speciman," and per a deleted line, his given name was "Martin."

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