Michael Burnham, Sr. generally known as Mike Burnham was a male Human scientist who lived during the first half of the 23rd century. Burnham was married to Gabrielle Burnham, and together they had one daughter, Michael.
In the early 2230s, the Burnham family resided on a starbase. One night, young Michael was afraid of the dark; to calm her fears, Mike told her the story of the girl who made the stars. (ST: "The Girl Who Made the Stars")
During that time, they had originally planned a vacation to Mars, but a young Michael begged them to stay three more days to witness a nearby star go supernova. However, during their extended stay, Doctari Alpha was attacked by the Klingons. Michael's father attempted to barricade the kitchen door, while her mother hid Michael in a cabinet. Michael did not witness the death of her parents, but she heard everything happen, saying that they killed her father quickly, but took longer with her mother. The Klingons then sat down at the table, ate the dinner the family had prepared, and laughed. (DIS: "The Vulcan Hello", "Will You Take My Hand?")